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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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1) “After breakfast I wanted to talk about the dead man and guess out how he come to be killed, but Jim didn’t want to. He said it would fetch bad luck; and besides, he said, he might come and ha’nt us; he said a man that warn’t buried was more likely to go a-ha’nting around than one that was planted and comfortable.”(Chapter 10 Page 52)
Concern for Superstition and Death – This quote reveals the superstitious mentalities of that time period. Mark Twain satirizes the naiveté of the people of that time period. Jim and Huck refuse to touch anything that has a bad luck connotation with it. I chose the quote because it was obvious to me the respect that southern culture had towards superstitions.
 
2) “Preachin’s my line, too, and workin’ camp-meetin’s, and missionaryin’ around.” (Chapter 19 Page 122)
Religion/Illusions – This quote symbolizes Twain’s satire on religions because the two quacks in the Duke and King are tricking people into giving them their money. This implies that any fool or shyster can become a preacher ultimately stating the superficiality of religion in that time period. This quote struck me as quite humorous because the Duke is not a true preacher and holds religious meetings in order to gain money.
 
3) “It was a mighty nice family, and a mighty nice house, too. I hadn’t seen no house out in the country before that was so nice and had so much style.” (Chapter 17 Page 99)
Significance of Money and Property/Style – This quote states Huck’s awe of the Grangerford’s wealth. With this wealth, however, comes dire consequences. The two rival families between the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons ultimately lead to the death of many of the family members. Twain implies that with wealth brings other burdens due to one’s money. I chose this quote because it brought a mental image of a big country mansion. It seemed as if the family was extremely refined, but then Twain smacks you in the face with the crude concept of dueling.
 
4) “’Well, who done the shooting? Was it a Grangerford or a Shepherdson?’ ‘Laws, how do I know? It was so long ago.’” (Chapter 18 Page 108)
Ideals of Chivalry and Southern Life – This quote symbolizes the chivalry of southern society. The Grangerfords and Shepherdsons have been fighting for over thirty years due to a lawsuit. Twain criticizes the fact that they do not even know why they are fighting. He emphasizes the stupidity of killing people without justification due to honor or chivalry. This quote made me annoyed because of the fact that there is no reason to the killings. That is why I chose this quote to represent the concept of chivalry.
 
5) “All right, then, I’ll go to hell”--- and tore it up.” (Chapter 31 Page 214)
Huck’s Moral Development – This quote reveals Huck’s increased maturity. He goes against what society dictates as the correct behavior, which is to turn Jim in. Huck writes a letter to Miss Watson telling her where Jim is, but could not bear turning in a friend and father figure in, therefore tears the letter up. He states that he’d rather go to hell than betray his best friend. Twain is obviously criticizing the southern society’s concept of slavery. This quote, I believe, is highly climactic. I chose it for the reason that Huck finally made a stand for what he believed to be correct.
 
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Dan Liang
Ms. Welsh
AP English 11