Huckleberry Finn Rhetorical Analysis

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The adventures of Huckleberry Finn Is a picaresque novel by Mark Twain. In the opening chapter, there are numerous ways in which Twain prepares us for the rest if the story. In the first lines of Huckleberry Finn, we feel the presence of both Huckleberry’s narrative voice and Twain’s voice as author. Huckleberry, or Huck as some call him speaks to us in a conversational tone that is his own but that also serves as a mouthpiece for Twain: ”You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” The first sentence reminds the reader of the first book, the adventures of tom sawyer, but then Huckleberry says “but that ain’t no matter” this statement makes it clear that it doesn’t matter whether…show more content…
This tells us that although society which is represented by the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, would say lying is never okay, Huck is a realist, and is able to look beyond the rules of society when he is forming moral judgments. He recognizes that everyone lies and that, sometimes, lying is okay. Huck’s view on lying implies that he is more tolerant and broad minded than the rest of the society and the readers can expect more unorthodox views like this one throughout the…show more content…
He explained how he ran away after he had had enough of her ways: “And so when I couldn't stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied” Since Huck feels free when he isn’t at the widow’s house the reader can infer that he was feeling trapped at the widow’s house and from this the reader can deduce that if he was made to return he would eventually run away again, which does happen later on in the book. Huckleberry Finn then tells us that he went to the widow’s house and tells us why: “Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable. So I went back.” The fact that Huck was so easily convinced by Tom to return to civilization even though he clearly hated it tells me that they are very good friends and that Tom is the leader in their friendship. This prepares the reader for the rest of the book because it tells us that Huckleberry listens to Tom and values his opinion greatly and so is likely to do whatever Tom wants him to

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