Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Critical ChildrenThe Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard Locke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157834

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157834.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 17 June 2021

Mark Twain’s Free Spirits and Slaves

Mark Twain’s Free Spirits and Slaves

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Chapter:
(p.50) 2 Mark Twain’s Free Spirits and Slaves
Source:
Critical Children
Author(s):

Richard Locke

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157834.003.0002

This chapter studies the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Twain used Tom Sawyer to celebrate American democracy in its centennial year, but nine years later, he used Huckleberry Finn to lament the countries' self-betrayal through racial and cultural slavery. Despite the books' reputations as exuberant declarations of independence, both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are more about confinement and enclosure than freedom. Twain imagines freedom in these books more as a resistance to various kinds of imprisonment than as a state of being to be explored and affirmed in itself.

Keywords:   Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, American democracy, racial slavery, cultural slavery, freedom

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .