While Reading Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain I have been pulling out samples of the text and analyzing them to make deeper connections inside and outside of the text.
Here is just one example of my work with the Dialectic Journal.
|“I had to shut the door to. Then I turned around, and there he was. I used to be scared of him all the time, he tanned me so much. I Reckoned I was scared now, too; but in a minute I see I was mistaken- That is, after the first jolt, as you may say, when my breath sort of hitched, he being so unexpected: but right away after I see I warn’t scared of him worth bothring about.” pg.17 chp.5||In this first opening paragraph of chapter 5 Huck describes seeing his father for the first time in a long while. He states that his father was abusive and that he used to be scared of him since he beat him so much. This gives us a lot of insight on huck’s past and why he is with the widow instead of his parents. We already know that his father is a drunk but now it is safe to infer that since word has gotten out about huck’s fortune that his father wants a part of the deal.
Also since the story take place in the late 19th century many homes were easy to get into and theft was more common than it is today. Also the fact that Huck does not run from his father or call for help sheds a lot of light on their relationship.
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