TO TERM 3, 2017.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY of key quotes in Huck Finn – plus analysis activity
PRACTICE IN-CLASS ESSAY
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain explores contrasting perspectives of the social, cultural and historical values and attitudes in the Mississippi Valley (1845). Specifically, Twain challenges the reader to examine different perspectives about: racism; wealth and respectability; formal education; honesty/morality Vs pretense/deceit; the justice of the natural environment; “sivilized” society; individual freedom Vs societal restrictions; slavery; family values; and, loyalty and friendship.
How does Mark Twain represent contrasting perspectives in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
In your answer, you will be assessed on how well you:
- Compose a clear and concise thesis statement
- Develop a convincing argument, in which you provide specific supporting statements
- Support all your arguments/discussion with a methodical analysis of evidence and quotations from the novel
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and deep understanding of the text.
KEEP YOUR EXPRESSION ‘READABLE”…
Shorter, clearer sentences are always better than long, ‘clunky’ sentences.
Use the following guide to help construct concise and precise sentences…
Essay word-bank 🙂
Revision and analysis of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
TIME-LINE FOR TAKE-HOME INVESTIGATIVE RESEARCH ESSAY:
THEMES AND PERSPECTIVES? – an explanation in a presentation:
In the first five chapters of The Adventures Huckleberry Finn, how does Mark Twain represent a specific perspective of an accepted social/cultural attitude* in the Mississippi River valley in 1884?
In your answer, you should show
- your knowledge of the text (evidence and quotations)
- analysis of the literary devices in the quotations
- explanation of how the quotes and the literary devices show a specific perspective (Huck’s? Jim’s? Pap’s?)
Sample Analytic-Paragraph answer:
In the first five chapters of his novel, Mark Twain uses literary devices to explore perspectives about freedom (as a cultural value) in the Mississippi River valley in 1884. The responder travels with Huck as he searches for his ideal of freedom. Huck wants freedom to be his own person and to live in nature. When Huck moves away from his abusive father to live with Widow Douglas, he believes he will experience safety and freedom. What he finds is a life that, in his mind, is anything but free. The Widow wants to ‘sivilise him’. She wants him to have manners. and Huck finds this oppressive. Huck decides he can no longer remain in that restrictive environment. The southern US vernacular and imagery of Huck’s comment ‘…it was rough living in a house all the time…and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags… and was free and satisfied‘ implies that Huck rejects the restrictions of living in a respectable Christian home. On Huck’s adventure with Jim into the natural world, Huck finds that nature offers the freedom for which he has craved. Twain’s characterisation of Huck explores the cultural perspective that, according to Huck, freedom lies within the natural environment of the Mississippi River.
Week 3, 2017 PERSPECTIVES IN THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN