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Mark Twain’s novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Your final paper will be on Mark Twain’s novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Generally regarded as the quintessentially “Great American Novel,” and one of the first major American novels
written in vernacular English, Twain’s masterpiece is not only one of our most widely read books, but also one
of our most controversial. For this assignment, you are to pick one of the following themes from the book and
analyze what Twain’s novel seems to be saying about it. In addition, use your analysis of this theme in
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to either compare or contrast Twain’s work with one other author we are
reading in this course. The bulk of your paper should be about Twain’s book, but include at least one page in
which you show how the same theme was treated either similarly or significantly differently by one of the other
authors.
Choose from one of these themes:
Racial identity Natural vs. civilized values Moral decay in the South
White culture vs. Black culture Types of freedom Types of slavery
Religion and superstition Wealth and poverty Morality and ethics
Types of deceit and types of honesty Rules and order Hypocrisy
This research project will require detailed original thought, insightful and judicious use of quotations, and proper
citation according to APA Style. Remember to narrow the broad topic of the theme you choose into something
focused and researchable. You should have a minimum of four sources from peer-reviewed academic journals,
only two of which can be from the short selections of critical articles about the novel included in the assigned
reading for Week 3.Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, (read the complete novel) p. 108
Critical Controversy: Race and the Ending of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (read all), p. 291
Your analysis should be 4-6 pages (not counting the cover page, References page, etc.), double spaced, in Times
New Roman, 12 pt. font. Please use APA Style for formatting and citation.

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