Some readers often struggle to decipher what the characters say as they begin reading Huck Finn. This text is a prime example of an author's use of diction and dialect. One strategy to help you make sense of the language is that of "translating" a few sentences or phrases from their dialect into yours.
Translate a few samples of dialect from Huck Finn by reading the flash cards below.
Analyze the following with your mentor:
Select one of Huck's passages of first-person narration (50-100 words) and translate it in two ways:
Another strategy you might try is to use the context in which each phrase is spoken. Think about the events that are occurring, and use cues about the characters' personalities and the setting to decipher what the characters are feeling and stating.
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If you are ready to conduct an in-depth analysis through writing, skip to dialectical journaling.