By Harold Bloom, Mark Twain
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22). Leo Marx argues that the burlesque ending betrays the serious implications of the novel in “Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling and Huckleberry Finn,” American Scholar 22 (1953): 423–40. His targets, on the basis of equally serious readings of the novel, defend the ending. See Lionel Trilling, “Huckleberry Finn” in The Liberal Imagination (New York: Scribner’s, 1950), reprinted in 40 Harry G. Segal Claude M. Simpson, ed. ): Prentice-Hall, 1968), pp. 107–8. James Cox, to continue the available permutations and combinations, defends the ending as part of his attack on serious readings of the book.
There was a cross in the left boot-heel with big nails, to keep off the devil. The novel’s collision of form and psychological force is so monolithic that its repercussions threaten to break the very frame of the text—for the cross placed in pap’s left boot-heel, designed to “keep off the devil,” shows that even the father of the narrative is running from a father. Notes 1. The series of essays about the ending of Huckleberry Finn have been referenced as a group many times and may be found collected in several critical anthologies as well as in an appendix to Norton’s annotated edition of the novel.
Rogers, “[Bernard] DeVoto assumes that Twain planned from the beginning to take Huck and Jim on a journey downstream to the Phelps’s farm, but if such had been Twain’s original intent, he would not have destroyed the raft in the first place.... ”1 Rogers further posits that in its early stages Huckleberry Finn was to be a burlesque detective story. Apparently its denouement was to feature Jim’s trial for Huck’s murder, a crime never committed; Pap’s murder as well as From Refiguring Huckleberry Finn, pp.