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The Adventures ofHuckleberry FinnMark Twain
Elements of a Novel
Ideas, Concepts, and Vocabulary
The “N” word within the novel
Basic Structure of a Novel:
Regionalism- A feature, such as expression, a pronunciation, or a custom that is characterisic of a geographic area. *Example: Ya’ll—used in Texas.*
Dialect- A regional variety of a language, differing somewhat in pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary from other forms of the same language. *Example: Huck Finn—told in the dialect of the Mississippi valley before the Civil War.*
Realism- The representation in literature or art of objects, actions, or social conditions as they actually are.
Satire- A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, sarcasm, or wit.
Narrative Voice- A narrated account; a story.
Analogies- Similarity in some respects between thing that are otherwise dissimilar. A comparison based on such similarity.
I have decided that we, as a class, will omit reading this word out loud when we are reading. Even so, we must understand the implications of the word and where it came from.
Nigger derives from the French negre, the Spanish and Portuguese negro, and from the Latin niger (black). In the U.S., “nigger” was first regarded as a disparaging (belittling) term in the 19th century.
Used rightly or wrongly, ironically or seriously, of necessity for the sake ofrealism, or impishly for the sake of comedy, it doesn’t matter. Most people do not like the word. Therefore, we will omit it from the classroom.
*Huck Finn uses the term for the sake of realism.
You will be responsible for answering questions for certain chapters and for discussing EACH chapter.
We will read chapters 1-13 as a class and individually; chapters 14 - 31 in small groups; and then complete the novel as a class and individually.
There will be a review-- this novel will also be tested on your semester exam.
A folder will be provided under each desk that contains chapter questions and chapter summaries. Your folder will help to fill in any gaps you might have.
*We will try to stay on this course as much as possible. Time line is subject to change!!*
*You should be prepared for pop quizzes based on content and vocabulary at ANY time!!! *
**You may choose to buy your own copy of the novel—this would be ideal!*
***All HF questions will be completed in your composition books. Write all questions in comp. book and then answer them there too.*