Huckleberry Finn

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Huckleberry Finn
Characterization
Characterization
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The process of conveying information about
characters in narrative or dramatic works.
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Presented by means of description, through
their actions, speech or thoughts.
Characterization
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Huck
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“She (Widow Douglas) put me in them
new clothes again and I couldn’t do
nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all
cramped up” (2).
“Then she (Miss Watson) told me all about the bad place,
and I said I wished I was there” (2).
“I got up and turned around in my tracks three times and
crossed my breast every time: and then I tied up a little lock
of my hair with a thread to keep witches away” (3).
Characterization
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Miss Watson
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“Don’t put your feet up there, Huckleberry” (2).
“Don’t scrunch up like that, Huckleberry – set up
straight” (2).
Huck says, “Miss Watson {is} a tolerable slim old
maid, with goggles on…” (2).
Huck says, “Miss Watson kept pecking at me, and
it got tiresome and lonesome’ (3).
Characterization
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Jim
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‘Say, who is you? Whar is you? Dog my cats ef I didn’
hear sumf’n. Well, I know what I’s gwyne to do. I’s
gwyne to set down here and listen tell I hears it ag’in” (5).
“Jim always kept that five-center piece around his neck
with a string, and said it was a charm the devil give him
with his own hands” (6).
“Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got all stuck
up an account of having seen the devil and been rode by
witches” (6).
Characterization
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Tom Sawyer
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“Tom made everybody swear to keep the secret” (7).
“Tom says: Now, we’ll start this band of robbers and call it
Tom Sawyer’s Gang” (7).
“Stuff! Stealing cattle and such things ain’t robbery; it’s
burglary” (8).
“Well, Ben Rogers, if I was as ignorant as you, I wouldn’t
let on. Kill the women? No: nobody ever saw anything in
the books like that. You fetch them to the cave and you’re
always as polite as pie to them; and by and by they fall in
love with you, and never want to go home any more” (9).
Direct Characterization
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Telling (directly) what the character is like
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explicitly.
Used most often in 3rd person narration
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Josh hates ferrets. Ever since he was attacked
by a ferret when he was 4 years old, he has
deplored the animal.
Indirect Characterization
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Showing (indirectly) what the character is
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like through thoughts, descriptions and actions
Used most often in 1st person narration
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Josh said, “Ferrets are ugly with their pointy
little noses and beady eyes. They smell, too.
Why would anyone want them as a pet?”
Characterization
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The main purpose of the first three chapters of
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is to begin to
characterize Huck Finn. How does Twain
establish Huck Finn as a mischievous rascal?
Give at least one direct and indirect example.
In what ways is Huck different from the other
boys in the gang?
Present your argument and evidence to your
teacher to receive credit for this lecture.

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