Racial Attitudes In Melville S Benito Cereno And Twain S Huckleberry Finn
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✏Racial Attitudes in Melville s Benito Cereno and Twain s Huckleberry Finn Book Summary : Examination Thesis from the year 2008 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,0, University of Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), language: English, abstract: The American literature is a reflection of the socio-political developments in the different stages of the history of the country, and especially slavery is a crucial topic in it. Many works dealing with slavery have been published in the 19th, 20th and 21st century, and some of them have sparked debates that are not only on literary issues. Two of these are Herman Melville's (1819-1891) Benito Cereno (1855) and Mark Twain's (1835-1910, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). These two novels are often seen as major works in American literary history, and their authors are among the country's most celebrated. Both books have in common that their stories play in the time before the abolition of slavery. Benito Cereno deals with a slave revolt on a ship, while Huckleberry Finn depicts the adventures of its eponymous hero and a runaway slave, Jim. Another feature the novels share is the fact that both have been charged to contain racist and pro-slavery attitudes. This paper will evaluate and analyze these assertions in order to show that they are false because they are based on misunderstandings. It aims to provide a profound delineation of the racial attitudes in the two novels. The assumption here is that neither Melville nor Twain wrote racist novels. This shall be proven with the help of a close analysis of the narrative perspectives and literary devices used in the books. Both of the stories, as will be shown later, are told by narrators that are far from being easy to grasp without a deeper examination of their character and function. A comprehensive insight into these appears to be beneficial for a better understanding of both of the novels. The present paper will begin with an exploration of the individual attitudes of the two authors. Although the knowledge of
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✏Huck Finn Among the Critics Book Summary : This anthology is intended as a tribute to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on the occasion of its centenial. It contains criticism covering the entire span of its lively existence, from early impressionistic reviews and commentary through the great debate of the mid-20th century, down to the present decade. Also included are background essays on Mark Twain as a representative American figure, and the composition of the novel. Discussions of the illustrations for the first edition and the various film adaptations are covered in an appendix. An annotated checklist of criticism concludes the volume. As a whole it serves as an overview of the critical past and a prelude to another 100 years of commentary to come.
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