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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

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Examples of realism in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"


Examples of realism in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" include the use of regional dialects, detailed depictions of everyday life along the Mississippi River, and the portrayal of complex characters with moral ambiguities. Twain's focus on social issues like slavery and the flaws of society also contributes to the novel's realistic elements.

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What are some quotes showing realism in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?

Huck is very realistic in his description of his ne'er do well father. He doesn't try to sugar-coat it; Pap Finn is no good:

Every time he got money he got drunk; and every time he got drunk he raised Cain around town: and every time he raised Cain he got jailed.

This is about as realistic a description of anyone you can get. Huck describes his father to a tee: an habitual drunk who's always getting into trouble with the law. He also provides us with a realistic glimpse into life in St. Petersburg and the values by which the townsfolk live.

Tom he made a sign to me—kind of a little noise with his mouth—and we went creeping away on our hands and knees. When we was ten foot off Tom whispered to me, and wanted to tie Jim to the tree for fun. But I said no; he might wake and make a disturbance, and then they’d find out I warn’t in. Then Tom said he hadn’t got candles enough, and he would slip in the kitchen and get some more. I didn’t want him to try. I said Jim might wake up and come. But Tom wanted to resk it; so we slid in there and got three candles, and Tom laid five cents on the table for pay. Then we got out, and I was in a sweat to get away; but nothing would do Tom but he must crawl to where Jim was, on his hands and knees, and play something on him.

In this next example of realism, we see Tom and Huck play a cruel trick on Jim. The scene is realistic because it illustrates the attitude towards slaves that was common among white people at that time, especially in the South. Though generally sympathetic characters, Tom and Huck are still a product of their time and place. They've imbibed the prevailing racial prejudices of the age and feel no shame in playing a cruel trick on someone regarded as less than fully human on account of his skin color.

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What are some quotes showing realism in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?

Because he knew and loved the river, some of Twain's most descriptive and realistic writing is his description of the Mississippi River and the areas around it. He creates pictures of the scenes including every detail that would be noted by any character of the story who happened to be in the area along with Huck. It is easy for the reader to place him or herself in the setting.

I could see the sun out at one or two holes, but mostly it was bit trees all about, and gloomy in there amongst them. There was freckled places on the ground where the light sifted down through the leaves, and the freckled places swapped about a little, showing there was a little breeze up there.

Twain also took care when introducing new characters into the story. He provided enough detail to make it very clear and easy to understand the type of person and personality the new individual possessed. Huck provides information about Col. Grangerford's complexion, appearance, attire, mannerisms, and way of relating to those around him.

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What examples of realism are present in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

Is this question asking "What is the nature of the realism in Huck Finn?" Or is it asking "What elements of Huck Finn make make it seem realistic?"
I'm going to assume it's the last question, and if I'm wrong, nverma can let me know.
I'd say that Twain makes the book seem realistic through the following choices:
He writes phonetically, capturing some regional dialect.
His characters are all flawed, as are real people.
The novel's plot is realistic in some ways; it meanders like the river, moving at different paces, just as events in life do.
The descriptions of events are realistic to the character describing them (Huck), as is the voice.
Finally, the nature of Huck's moral dilemmas make the novel seem realistic. He's clearly shown to be a creature of his time.

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What examples of realism are present in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

In Mark Twain's time romanticism (books about adventure, exotic places, extreme emotions, etc...) was popular. Twain was interesting in that although he was critical of romanticism, he also wrote it in the form of his stories about Tom Sawyer. This novel contrasts the different values of realism and romanticism through the characters of Tom and Huck. Tom is a romantic. He wants to create a gang of bandits to go on adventures like he has read about in his romantic novels. At the end of the story he even creates an elaborate plot to rescue Jim, even though he knows that such a plot is entirely pointless. This ends up getting him shot. 

Huck, on the other hand, is the realist. Huck is less interested in glory or adventure. He leaves home not for adventure but to escape his father. While he naively believes some of Tom's stories, as the story moves on he starts to see things from a more realistic perspective. For example, he aims to stop the Duke and King from pulling their scam. This is because he sees them for the criminals they are. Tom might have gone along with the performance, simply because it was exciting. While Huck is superstitious and naive at times, he does almost everything he does for practical purposes, not because he is recreating something he has read in an adventure story.

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