Mark Twain- Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twaine is an author who continually gives life to the nature and environment around each of his characters. Within the first chapter of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the scene is almost alive with all the description that Mark Twaine gives the reader. The first skill Mark Twaine performs the ability to provide the visual imagery of the scene and within the small part of the chapter is the fact that the character Huck having no visual aids. The only thing that was made clear to Huck was the stars shining up in the sky. The lack of description for the visual side of the environment brings the reader into a feeling of mystery and lack of information. For the audience, it also creates the same fear that Huck is feeling in the moment of the book waiting for his friend. The next point is the auditory imagery that Mark Twaine gives through his words. Due to lack of a visual situation, Huck listens to the whole environment that surrounds, including the leaves, owls, dogs and wind. Each is giving an addition in describing the world around Huck and adding a tone to the night. The tone is solemn, and it expresses no joy in the dark world around the reader and Huck. The audio also mirrors Huck’s own emotions at the moment due to him not liking being forced into his position and waiting for his friend. Mark Twaine uses Huck’s own emotions to manipulate how the environment is reacting which is why Mark Twaine uses the descriptive language of mournful and whispers as well as two instances where death is mentioned. The final element that adds to the world that Huck is in is the personification of the environment. The personification includes the wind and leaves adding a creepiness to the scene as well as the dog, whip-por-will and owl seeming to have their own emotions as well. Mark Twaine creates a living environment that almost is as busy as the day time within the chapter but with a darker tone.


One thought on “Mark Twain- Huckleberry Finn

  1. This was a really interesting read. You brought up a few things that I didn’t realise when reading Huckleberry Finn. I didn’t really think about the lack of visual representation in Huck’s description of the night and how they were reconciled by the descriptions of his environment’s sounds. In relation to sound again, it didn’t occur to me that the audio mirrors his own emotions. I’ll have to take a closer look at some of these passages to get a better understanding for myself. There were a few places where your grammar confused me a bit, but overall this was really enlightening!


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