Presentation on theme: "MR. MOCCIA Huckleberry Finn: In Review. Huck as Journey If the novel is a journey, what sort of journey is it? Moral journey – away from social to more."— Presentation transcript:
Huck as Journey If the novel is a journey, what sort of journey is it? Moral journey – away from social to more universal ones Journey of satire – journey through the major problems Twain sees in society Coming of age journey: loss of innocence; Huck’s moral, social awakening – recognition of world’s flaws
Vernacular, Regionalism, and the Picaresque Twain takes these three elements, categories, and devices and transforms them into literature In doing so, he transforms people’s ideas of literature – and in the process, makes a very distinct mark on American literature
Slavery What comment is Twain making about slavery? (Remember that slavery was already abolished when the novel was written and published.) Critical of those still in favor of slavery Extremely critical of the treatment of blacks post- abolition – illogical laws
Racism What is Twain saying about racism? Uses cognitive dissonance to show the problems with racism Sweet and good Christians can be racist The inhumanity of racism
Morality What is Twain saying about morality? Judgmental of simply “accepting” society’s moral values Appeals to a deeper sense of morality – a morality that we can discover, but only if we’re empathetic and willing to step beyond social norms
Satire What is being satirized? Suspicion of education, adventure novels, modern aristocracy, laziness The average person: ability to be manipulated; doesn’t think for him or herself; non-recognition of humanity of others (Sherburn; mobs)
Deeper Satire Racism and Slavery Violence “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another” (Chapter 33) Callousness Lack of moral- mindedness
Socratic Irony How is Socratic Irony used? Although Huck recognizes the humanity of Jim, he never questions the legitimacy of his society’s values – in doing so, he reveals the illogical and inhumanity of his society
Socratic Irony Why is Socratic Irony used? As a tool of satire, it is an effective tool – the reader better recognizes the flaws of American society
Cognitive Dissonance How is cognitive dissonance used? “discomfort” Huck’s “discomfort” in not handing Jim in – but there would be “discomfort” if he handed him in The situation reveals the contradiction
Continued Secondary level: The reader feels “discomforted” in Huck not recognizing the issues with society The last line (perhaps) points to Huck’s decision between the two
Jim What do we is Jim’s purpose in the novel? Despite the stereotypical presentation of Jim, and his apparent racism, one could argue he is the moral center of the novel Examples?
Racist Novel? So…do we think the novel is racist?
Main Overarching Theme? Freedom From slavery From ignorance From social norms and morality (conscience)