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Huckleberry Finn and his Black Voice
Many famous authors base their stories on a person or thing that has or still influences them.As we all know Mark Twains real name is Samuel Clemens, which we also all know Samuel Clemens is white.But how many of us have actually seen Mark Twain, nobody, so for all we know Mark Twain could be the black voice of Huckleberry Finn.Many African Americans and the views of African Americans influenced Samuel Clemens, and he used this and presented them to many Americans through Huckleberry Finn.Shelley Fisher Fishkin's book, was Huck Black, gives several examples of how Mark Twain reveled in the speech and culture of Africans, and shows how Twain was greatly impressed by a black servant named Jimmy who spoke much like Huck Finn.Twain absorbed the speech of African Americans and breathed it into Huckleberry Finn.
Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain, was a man that was very fond of African American culture and vocals.Twain was especially fond of the vocals of the African Americans and once wrote:
"I herd them sing once, and I would walk seven miles to hear them sing again.You will recognize that this is strong language for me to use, when you remember that I never was fond of pedestrianism" (Fishkin 6).
Twain was often found singing his favorite African American songs and spirituals when he was farthest from home.When he was a child he was fond of the storytelling powers of a slave named Uncle Dan'l, whom he knew from his uncles farm in Florida.In the late 1860's and 1870's Twain was impressed by the narrative skills of black speakers like Frederick Douglass and Mary Ann Cord.Twain used this passion for African American vocals and views and expressed it through Huckleberry Finn.
Twain had noted that he had based Huckleberry Finn on Tom Blankenship, a poor white son of the local drunkard, and wrote:
"In Huckleberry Finn I have drawn Tom Blank…