The American Classic: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

On February 18th, 1885, Mark Twain published his famously controversial novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. After the success of his 1876 novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, Twain decided to take a more serious approach when writing Huck Finn’s story. Keep reading to see how Mark Twain’s story has impacted the rest of the world.  

The Birth of Samuel Clemens

Mark Twain, also known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American journalist, lecturer, and novelist born on November 30th, 1835. Clemens was born two months prematurely and grew up sickly for the first ten years of his childhood.

His mother, Jane Moffit Clemens, scrambled to do everything she could to remedy his poor health. Because Clemens was a sickly child, he was coddled by his mother and many of those childhood memories became inspiration for his writing later in life. 

The Story of Huck Finn and Jim

The core of the story follows Huck Finn and his friend Jim, a runaway slave. Together they journey down the Mississippi River on a raft. Huck helps Jim run away from being sold off and separated from his family to be free in Ohio.

The satirical social commentary on racism, religion, and other social attitudes of the time sparked an international debate. While many argue the story criticizes racism and slavery, there are some who argue that the content is making existing racial issues worse. 

Despite the controversy, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” remains to be one of the most critically acclaimed novels of all time. Some high schools even require the novel as part of the curriculum.

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