Using The adventures of huckleberry Finn, draw some historical contrasts and comparisons between the fictional characters in the novel and historical characteristics of the antebellum south during the first half of the 19th century. List your choice of characters and episodes from the novel in the box provided to compare and contrast with the historical facts. You may use bullet points but be clear and explicit. Your selections from the novel must be clearly linked to the historical examples, so avoid broad or general statements that mean nothing.
1. characters/examples from the novel?
historical characteristics: the Mississippi river and the small towns adjacent to it. A highway for people, goods and transit. Nature of daily life and society in the towns along the river. The river as a dangerous method of travel and uncivilized frontier in the west.
2. characters/examples from the novel?
historical characteristics: Slavery as the peculiar institution. The realities of plantation life and as town or house servants for slaves. The ugly realities of being powerless and abused. The complete loss of personal freedom and reality of being “property” slave culture and society created by blacks in the system.
3. characters/examples from the novel?
historical characteristics: evangelistic Protestantism as a particularly American phenomenon. The nature of this form of religion its emphasis and core beliefs about Christianity, its place within American history and culture. Conflicting or hypocritical aspects of the type of Christianity.
4. characters/examples from the novel:
historical characteristics: classes(upper, middle, lower) in America during the 1830s and 1840s. the upper class in the south controlling the political, social and economic aspects of life. The lower class as powerless and somewhat crude or coarse society. The middle class as somewhere in between, strving to move up the social ladder.
5. characters/examples from the novel?
historical characteristics: economic activities in the south were not as varied as the north. It was largely an agricultural society, but commerce was to be found in towns and along the Mississippi river in particular. Agriculture varied in scope and society depending upon what classes was engaged in it.