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Huckleberry Finn

             Considered by many to be the American classic novel, Huckleberry Finn is the timeless story of a young boy's adventure on the Mississippi River and Jim's escape from his fate as a slave. The combination of extraordinary regionalism, down-to-earth dialect, and Huck's conflicting morals.
             In the story of Huckleberry Finn, the entire tale takes place in Southern US. The regionalism is very well demonstrated seeing as Huck and Jim travel using the Mississippi river and the South is the only place in the US that you can travel in this manner. Also, the language used by the characters is unmistakable to the region. Finally, back in the mid 1800s, it was very common for people to own slaves in the South and the slaves would try to escape by heading north just as was Jim's common goal when he had run away from the Widow. .
             It is very apparent that Mark Twain had heavily researched the language used in the South, for each character introduced in the novel has a dialect that is realistic to the specific area that they are introduced. As Huck and Jim travel further down the river, the language used by the local characters slowly changes as they are gradually approaching different parts of the region. Even though some may argue that this aspect of Huckleberry Finn can make it more difficult to read and understand, the southern dialect definitely makes the story incredibly realistic.
             Finally, Huck is forced to make many decisions throughout his adventure that go against what he was raised to believe. The most important decision that Huck must make is whether or not he should be helping Jim to escape. At one point, when Huck is alone on the raft, he ends up having to fight what he believes in for his friendship with Jim. He finally decides that he would rather go to hell if it meant saving his friend. Obviously, Huck is faced with many important decisions.
             Considering the fact that Huckleberry Finn is considered to be one of the greatest American novels of all time, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has the patience to understand the dialect presented in the story.

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