November 30, 2004

Huck Finn

In our class discussions it seemed that the class had mixed emotions as to what they thought about the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Personally I think that is why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was such a good book. There were so many themes, ideas, concepts, and questions that most everyone in the class had formed some sort of opinion on the text. The book was not one sided. In my oral presentation (which made for a good discussion blog) I talked about the elements of Freedom in the story. Jenn Haun talked about folklore and supersticion. Many people argued about the concept of adolescence and Huck's behavior. Paul C. even went as far as to say that Tom was a phallic symbol for Huck! Freud might agree!
Eventhough I did enjoy the story, the various discussions that the book raises is what makes it such a good book. Some hated it, some liked it, but there is no denying the contraversy the book brings.

Posted by JessicaZelenak at November 30, 2004 01:04 PM
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In the book, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, I did not think of the book to be controversial at all. In the book it did show much explicit language such as "nigger" which was used a lot. I thought about how it was used and the time period of the moment and reliazed back at that time, which was the slavery tiems, that word was most commonly used. A quote that seemed very racial at the time was, "Good gracious! Was anybody hurt?" "No'm, Just a nigger," But reliazing the time period, it was not a big thing to hear something like this.
Another quote that seemed a little bit racial was when Huck's father became infuriated when he heard news that a black man was able to vote. At the time nobody wanted blacks to have any rights, so this was not a shocker either. In the end the book was very enjoyable. It was great how Jim finally gained freedom too.

Posted by: Anthony at August 8, 2006 10:02 PM

In the book, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, I did not think of the book to be controversial at all. In the book it did show much explicit language such as "nigger" which was used a lot. I thought about how it was used and the time period of the moment and reliazed back at that time, which was the slavery tiems, that word was most commonly used. A quote that seemed very racial at the time was, "Good gracious! Was anybody hurt?" "No'm, Just a nigger," But reliazing the time period, it was not a big thing to hear something like this.
Another quote that seemed a little bit racial was when Huck's father became infuriated when he heard news that a black man was able to vote. At the time nobody wanted blacks to have any rights, so this was not a shocker either. In the end the book was very enjoyable. It was great how Jim finally gained freedom too.

Posted by: anthony at August 8, 2006 10:03 PM
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