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I'm writing a paper on Mark Twain's life and works - maybe Huck Finn - and I can't think of a good title.


1. To consider:

1. A title should predict the content.
2. A title should catch the reader's interest.
3. A title should convey the tone or slant of the piece (Center for Writing, UMN).

Your title must reflect the content. Are you going to focus on Twain's childhood and how those years played a significant role in many of his stories? Will you write about his relationship with his wife and children and how those connections influenced his literary works?

Whatever direction you take your essay, the title must catch the reader's attention and be relevant to its tone and content.

Here are a few examples.

Topic: Mark Twain's childhood as seen in Huckleberry Finn.

The following title options would convey what the essay is about as well as stir some interest in the reader.

1. Mark Twain, Huck Finn and the Can of White Paint
2 The Collison of Huckleberry Finn and Mark Twain
3. Young Samuel Clemens Meets Huckleberry Finn

When you create a title, it's ok to be creative and think outside the box as long as you keep it interesting and perfectly relevant to the content and tone of your essay.

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