The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Literary Style

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Analysis

  • Mark Twain was well-known for writing in dialect. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn includes examples of several different dialects, including Midwestern, Southern, and African American dialects. Twain's use of vernacular makes the dialogue feel more natural, though it can, at times, make the novel difficult to read.
  • Unlike Tom Sawyer, who has a lot of romantic ideas about heroism and adventure, Huck Finn is a realist, and he narrates his story in a straightforward, chronological manner. Huck's narrative voice is notable for its matter-of-fact depiction of absurd events. Twain uses Huck's voice to counterbalance the inherent humor in the narrative.
  • Twain alludes to three Shakespeare plays in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Hamlet, Macbeth, and Richard III. Note that these plays are all considered tragedies, but that their mangling by the King and the Duke provides some necessary comic relief after the darkness of the Shepherdson and Grangerford feud.

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