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The American ClassicsA Personal Essay$
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Denis Donoghue

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300107814

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300107814.001.0001

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

(p.217) 6 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The American Classics

Denis Donoghue

Yale University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Mark Twain's novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It explains that the character of Huck is tainted by the deformed conscience throughout the book, though not as continuously as Tom, who exemplifies it. It describes a reading of Twain as anthropological rather than moral, political, or social and suggests that there is better reason for reading the novel as pastoral.

Keywords:   Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, Huck, deformed conscience, Tom, pastoral

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