Huck Finn

“The stars were shining, and the leaves rustled in the woods ever so mournful; and I heard an owl, away off, who-whooing about somebody that was dead, and a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die; and the wind was trying to whisper something to me, and I couldn’t make out what it was, and so it made the cold shivers run over me”

Mark Twain surely has a way with words, just as many other eminent authors do! This passage in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn shows the rich language Twain uses to describe nature.

The personification of the “leaves” in: …The leaves rustled in the woods ever so mournful…” gives almost an aural imagery as we understand that this is a lonely time even though “The stars were shining”. This loneliness is accentuated as Twain depicts an owl being “away off”, rather than just “who-whooing” in the woods. The aural imagery of this owl and “a dog crying about somebody that was going to die” sets the scene in the text to be sad, lonely and almost scary. This is evident in the “cold shivers [that] run over me”. The personification of the wind in: “the wind was trying to whisper something to me”,  again proves Mark Twain description of nature with such vividness and immediacy.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/59870/10-facts-about-adventures-huckleberry-finn

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4 thoughts on “Huck Finn

  1. Hey Biancah! I loved your blog this week. Twain’s way of writing is filled with detail and emotion, which I am sure you agree on. I love the way you’ve analysed majority of the text as I understand where you’re coming from. The only thing I would have loved to seen more is a bit more analysis as you express your ideas really well. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to read more.

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  2. Hey Biancah,

    Your blog this week was a real interpretation on how Mark Twain uses his description of nature to enhance the quality of life and the environment he observes in allowing momentous however simplistic elements to arise! I appreciate that you have included this quote, “a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die; and the wind was trying to whisper something to me”, as it refers to the natural elements of life all having voices in our world which we accidentally may ignore.Twain’s writing is so raw and intuitive that it allows the readers to capture the essence of the being with nature, the stillness of emotional break one is able to be a part of with nature. You’ve done a great job, however, a little extra description of what you received from reading this novel has done to your perspective of nature would create a better blog.

    – Annaliese 🙂

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