A Brief Analysis of


Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Langhorne
Clements,was born in Horida,Missouri,on November 30,
1835.When he was four the family moved to Hannibal,
Missouri, a small town of about five hundred people,
situated on the Mississippi River.Hannibal was a small,
backward,riverside town and Twain s recollection of his
years there exerted a powerful hold on his imagination.It
was the model for St Petersbury inThe adventures of
Huckleberry Finn.
When his father died in 1847,he became a printer s
apprentice and then a printer both in Hannibal and in New
York city.As the result of a steamboat journey down the
Mississippi in 1857,he decided to embark on a career as a
riverboat pilot.Twain was a riverboat pilot for four years,
during which time,he became familiar with all of the towns
along the Mississippi River which played such an
important part in his creatingThe adventures of
Huckleberry Finn. It was also during this period, he
became acquainted with every type of characters depicted
in the novel.
The writing of this book was evidently not easy for
Twain and he kept doing it for a number of years.The
adventures of Huckleberry Finnwas a very personal novel
for Twain.This story of a young boy and a runaway slave
journeying on the Mississippi river involved Twain

complex attitudes to the past times of his own youth.More
significantly,it was written out of a deeply felt concern
with the whole question of personal freedom and integrity.
At the deepest level,it explores the possibility of creative
independence within the confines of human society.Twain
express his own thoughts and attitudes through the
narration of Huck Finn.Huck Finn comes from the very
lowest level of society.He is an outcast with no education
and his father is a poor drunkard.But Huck Finn is good
and noble. He desires to be free and escapes from the
civilized world.He floats along with a runaway slaveā€”Jim
and tries his best to...