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Huckleberry Finn Dialect and Local Color Rachel Choi Eunice Jang Daniel Lee
Who is Mark Twain? Born in 1835, died in 1910 Pen name: Mark Twain Real name: Samuel Clemens Used his personal experiences for his novels Innocents Abroad (1869): own travels Life on Mississippi (1883): riverboat pilot Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884): boyhood Theme of realism in his novels
About Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Written by Mark Twain in 1884 First modern American novel "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn" – Earnest Hemingway One of the great American literary achievements
Short Summary River adventures of a boy and a slave Explore morality, conscience, and society Setting: time of slavery in the U.S. Tom vs. Huck Tom: interested in the adventure of the escape Huck: interested in liberating Jim Concept of slavery: Right or wrong? Who belongs to whom?
Quote Analysis 1 ""The nigger run off the very night Huck Finn was killed. So there's a reward out for him -- three hundred dollars. And there's a reward out for old Finn, too -- two hundred dollars." (Ch. 11. Mrs. Loftus) When Huck visits the town with his girl dress, he hears the rumor. Runaway slaves were found quite often in the South Local color: slavery during this time
Quote Analysis 2 “I ain't going to hurt you, and I ain't going to tell on you, nuther.” (Ch. 11. Mrs. Loftus) : I am not going to hurt you, and I am not going to tell on you, either Mrs. Loftus finds out that Huck is a boy, and tells him to identify himself, in this scene. Double negatives: ain’t & nuther (neither) are traits of Southern dialect.
Discussion Questions Why is dialect and local color important in literature? What other ways, besides the ways I listed on the PowerPoint, could be used for dialect and local color of the specific region? Answer not on this PowerPoint we will discuss in class!
What is Local Color? Fiction or verse which emphasizes its setting Concerned with the district, era, customs, dialects, costumes, landscape, clothes, language, traditions, and other peculiarities Dual influence of romanticism and realism
First local color writer: Bret Harte Ex) Location: South Speech: Southern dialect Mark Twain: great job with local color Characters’ looks, speeches, acts, etc.
Vernacular Specific dialect in a region Boston Georgia Kansas Intension: to make the story realistic
Huck Finn Video & Audio http://www.youtu be.com/watch?v= poyXLZsjlhs&feat ure=PlayList&p= 6BDB04E5E6B3 02DC&playnext= 1&playnext_from =PL&index=2 Beginning, 2:48,5:30
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