Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn
“His writing also served to voice his running commentary on American society. Thinly veiled behind the mask of humor and satire, Clemens' writing often critiqued social morals, politics and human nature, making his literature a unique reflection of the American experience in the latter part of the nineteenth century.”
“His father was a judge, but he also traded in slaves at times. His uncle, John Quarles, owned 20 slaves; so Mark Twain witnessed the practice of slavery first-hand whenever he spent summers at his uncle's place.”
“When he was still a young boy, Mark Twain witnessed the brutal murder of a slave in his home town of Hannibal by the slave's owner, who killed the man with a thrown rock for ‘merely doing something awkward.’"
“It shows that that strange thing, the conscience--the unerring monitor--can be trained to approve any wild thing you want it to approve, if you begin its education early and stick to it.“
Sometimes dark, brooding , isolated, moody,introspective
Many scholars believe the Romantic Period ended with the death of Sir Walter Scott, “who deftly blended European history (held to be a fit subject of study for mature, masculine minds) and entertaining picaresque narrative.”
The feud between the Grangerfords and Sheperdsons mimics the infamous feud between the Hatfields and McCoys