The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a story about a young boy’s coming of age in the mid-1800’s. It uses the ongoing adventures of Huck Finn attempting to gain his freedom as a way of developing the story. The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn has been considered to be Mark Twains greatest book and a delighted world named it his masterpiece. To the many nations that it has been translated in, it was known as America’s masterpiece (Allen 259).
Though initially condemned as inappropriate material for young readers, it soon became prized for its recreation of the antebellum South, its depiction of adolescent life, and its insights into slavery. The book resumes Huck’s life from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which ended with the adoption of Huck by the Widow Douglas. Into this book the world called his masterpiece, Mark Twain put his prime purpose, one that branched into all his writings: a plea for humanity, for the end of castes, and an end to its cruelties (Allen 260).
Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemons, was born in Florida, Missouri, in 1835. During his childhood he lived in Hannibal, Missouri, a Mississippi river port that was to become a large influence on his future writing (McMichael 231). It was Twains nature to write about where he lived and to criticize it if he felt it necessary. In reference to story structure, Kaplan said, “In plotting a book his structural sense is weak; intoxicated by a hunch, he seldom saw far ahead, and too many of his stories peter out from the author’s fatigue or surfeit. His wayward techniques came close to free association. This method served him best after he had conjured up characters from long ago, who on coming to life wrote the narrative for him, passing from incident to incident with a grace their creator could never achieve in manipulating an artificial plot (Kaplan16).”
Mark Twain’s long time friend, William D. Howells, had this to say of the author’s work. “ So far as I know, Mr. Clemons is the first writer to use in extended writing the fashion we all use in thinking, and to set down the things that come into his mind without fear or flavor of the thing that went before or the thing that may be about to follow (Howells 186).”
“Through his work in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain shaped the world’s view of America and had a profound impact on the develop...