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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain

By Brenda Tarin

British Literature 2323
Lois Flanagan
January 27, 2009

Tarin ii I. Introduction

II. Biographical sketch of author

A. Past to present

B. Experiences and achievements

III Plot analysis

A. analysis of plot structure 1. Exposition 2. Complication 3. Crisis 4. Climax 5. Resolution

B. Theme of plot

IV Critical analysis

A. Theme 1. Racism 2. Slavery

C. Characters

D. Atmosphere

E. Conflicts

V. Evaluation

VI. Review of movie version

VII. Conclusion

Tarin 1

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Samuel Langhorne Clemens also known as the famous and brilliant Mark Twain, was born in the small town of Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835 to John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. Clemens was the youngest of the five children, as a child Clemens moved around a lot, he first moved to the small town of Hannibal at the age of four. Here he attended a private school and seemed to finally recover from his poor health at the age of nine. When he was twelve his father died of pneumonia, he suddenly decided to leave, and make money, since his family needed all the help they could get. He quit school and was a printers apprentice, then moved and helped his brother print and edit for a newspaper. In 1858 Clemens became a river pilot, and this is where he got his pen name “mark twain” which means that is safe to navigate. Clemens was not only a author but also a novelist, speech writer, essayist, short story writer, journeyman printer, steamboat pilot, army volunteer, gold prospector, timber prospector and journalist. He did most of these jobs on his free time to stay busy and to keep his mind running with adventure to come…...

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