By Harold Bloom, Mark Twain
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Like the New Testament, read by more people than the Old Testament, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is no longer a sequel. For most readers, it is the first text. 10. To translate this idea into psychoanalytic terms, one could think of Huck Finn as the latent meaning of the manifest content of Tom Sawyer. See also Wayne Fields, “When the Fences are Down; Language and Order in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” Journal of American Studies, 24 (1990), 3, 369–386, who argues that the world of Tom is one characterized by order and limits, while in Huck’s narrative order is consistently undermined.
3. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer’s Comrade (Berkeley: The University of California press edition, 1985). 4. Henry Nash Smith, Mark Twain: The Development of a Writer (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1962); Alan Trachtenberg, “The Form of Freedom in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Southern Review, 6, (1970) 954–71. 5. More recently, Andrew Jay Hoffman, Twain’s Heroes, Twain’s Worlds (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988) claims that it is a “fruitless” critical task to separate Twain from Huck.
It was as big a fish as was ever catched in the Mississippi, I reckon. Jim said he hadn’t ever seen a bigger one” (65–66). But Huck has also informed us that there are untamed serpents in this “Paradise,” and the boy’s joke with the dead snake, whose mate bites Jim and endangers his life, harbingers the finish to the two friends’ idyll. ” Huck, disguised as a girl, decides to “slip over the river and find out what ... [is] going on” (66). And the fact that a woman, in this case Mrs. Judith Loftus, is at the source of the information about the impending threat to Jim’s freedom, posed by her husband, is not surprising when we consider the many biblical features of Twain’s story.
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) by Harold Bloom, Mark Twain