is in some ways a novel in which violence ismingled with entertainment. In addition to its persistent mentionof death and its motif of unburied bodies (especially thosefloating in water), the novel shows Huck witnessing a series of violent episodes; he also describes a number of entertainingspectacles. What connection exists in the novel between violenceand entertainment?
The ending of
, one of its most frequentlydiscussed features, has been criticized as abrupt, shallow, andunsatisfying. James Cox, on the other hand, defends the endingby saying that
are Tom who "safely" frees the slave who isalready free. Would you agree or disagree with thischaracterization? Why?
as a social satire. What classes does hesatirize? What characteristics of each class does he criticize?
From Dr. Donna Campbell
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Construct a timeline that shows the different challenges
has faced since it was published. For each challenge, thetimeline might include quotes from detractors, as well asresponses from the book's defenders.
Choose one of the challenges made against the book and designa poster to express that point of view -- for instance, a posterthat could have been created by the Brooklyn Public Library in1907 warning parents not to let children read the book. You don'thave to agree with the point of view they portray, just convey itaccurately. Present their posters and explain the challenge theyhave represented.
Research a current arts controversy through newspaper andmagazine articles, as well as the Internet. Keep a compare-and-contrast journal between that current controversy and
They might consider how political, cultural, historical, andother factors play a role in the two controversies. At the end of the unit, have them present a comparison in the form of anessay, chart, dialogue, or collage.
Investigate the historical and societal factors surrounding thenovel, such as West African civilization, the Middle Passage,slave religion, abolition, and Reconstruction and its aftermath. Besure to explain how your topic is connected to the novel.