"All Kings is Mostly Rapscallions": Huckleberry Finn Part 3


As Huck and Jim continue their journey down the Mississippi, they meet two conmen pretending to be a duke and a king from Europe. The four of them travel together, witnessing a cross-section of American life, including a camp revival, a lynch mob, and a circus. During these adventures, Twain alludes to and develops themes from the Western literary canon, illustrating the Greco-Roman influence on the American heritage.


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Benedict J. Whalen is assistant professor of English at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the University of Dallas and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He teaches courses on a variety of topics, including the great books, Shakespeare, the metaphysical poets, and 19th century American literature. A recipient of the Rogers Fellowship at UNLV and the Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, he is the book reviews editor for the Ben Jonson Journal.