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The Romanticism And Realism In The Adventure Of Huckleberry Finn

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The Romanticism and Realism in The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn

In Mark Twain’s The Advanture of Huckleberry Finn, there are both realistic elements and romantic elements in the story. Mark Twain demonstrates characteristics of both Romanticism and Realism in his novel to express his ideas of that time period. Romanticism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is evident by the adventurous turn of events the characters experience throughout the story, and is also based on the importance of feelings, imagination and individual creativity; on the other hand, realism is intended to portray the lives of the common man, the ethical struggles and social issues of real-life ...view middle of the document...

The Boggs-Sherburn episode, for example, leads readers to reconcile whether ”civilization” is really as good as we thought. When Colonel Sherburn shot the innocent black man Boggs, Twain was showing that people are cowardly and feel like they can do anything when a big group is doing it. This mob mentality makes people afraid to stand out and be different. It helped us develop a theme or moral confusion in the novel and the difficulty of determining who is good and noble whilst who is not. The way that white is good and black is bad was very realistic in depicting the realism thinking. It was really how people at that time would think and act like. Even the preaching in Church told their people to treat blacks like animals. In contrast, on page 199, when Jim was talking to Huck about his wife and children, readers can easily see that Jim is just like the white people, who have feelings and will get homesick as well as miss his family. “I do believe he cared about just as much for his people as white folks does for their’n…” said Huck, “He was a mighty good nigger, Jim was.” This quotation showed Huck’s ambivalence toward Jim’s humanity. I think it’s very romantic because Twain laid much...

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