In "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" what are the descriptions that Huck gives of the Mississippi river?  Toward the end of Chapter 7 and the beginning of Chapter 8 there are a number of...

In "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" what are the descriptions that Huck gives of the Mississippi river?

 

Toward the end of Chapter 7 and the beginning of Chapter 8 there are a number of descriptions of the river and the river bank, especially at night. What are some of the descriptions and what are the modds created by them?

 

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Since Mark Twain spent a lot of his actual life on the Mississippi River, he was able to give very detailed descriptions about the river itself, and we can trust them to be accurate representations of what it was like.  Near the end of chapter 7, he describes "how far a body can hear on the water such nights!", an eerie and almost surreal experience, as you can hear conversations from far away like they are happening right next to you.  Huck enjoys listening to one; it sets a mood of ease and relaxation.  Later he describes the "big river and the black driftwood" after he has landed on the island; describing it as big, and with black driftwood sets a mood of isolation and loneliness for Huck on the island.

In chapter 8 he describes the river as "a mile wide there, and it always looks pretty on a summer morning" which sets a happy mood as he sits down to just watch the river.  A lot of the descriptions of the river that Huck gives are ones of peacefulness and serenity.  Later he describes the river at night by saying "I see the moon go off watch, and the darkness begin to blanket the river," which is a really cool way to describe the dark river as the moon leaves.  It is a bit ominous, but pretty at the same time.

Those are just a few descriptions, and I hope that helps!

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