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Social ClassThe way a person speaks tells who they are and it also reveals a person’s education level. In Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Twain is written in several different dialects. Twain purpose of using different dialect in the novel is that he wants his reader to feel more engage in the novel. He uses dialect to demonstrates the difference between characters. These different dialects allow the reader to understand characters ethnic background and it gave the reader vivid image of how people spoke back then and how was life like during that time period. Twain delineates social class through his use of different dialect in the novel. To begin with, Twain introduced Huck in the beginning of the novel. He was seen as a young thirteen-year-old boy who was abandoned by his abusive father. Due to the fact, he was not really educated and came from lower class. He was living with Widow Douglas who was trying to civilize him through religion and manners, but he really did not care about Widow Douglas attention that was given to him. Neither he really cares about his education nor he wishes to be civilized. The text says, “What’s the use you learning to do right. When it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same” (Twain )? This shows that Huck’s tone contains an accent, misplaced words, and improper contractions. The reader can distinctly catch up Huck’s accent because of his improper contractions.  Furthermore, Jim was seen as a slave who does not have right to get an education and does not have any social class. Back then, slaves were treated as a property, not as a human. Since Jim is uneducated, therefore, his English was improper and he had an accent. The reader had a hard time in reading Jim’s speech in the novel because the words are spelled the way he would say it. For instances, “My heart wuz mos’ broke bekase you wuz los’, en I didn’t k’yer no mo’ what become er me en de raf” (Twain ). This dialect clearly demonstrates that Jim has an accent and it’s very difficult for the reader to read, therefore, it force reader to read aloud for better understanding. Twain purposely spells words incorrectly to show that Jim cannot speak exceptionally well, making extremely hard for the reader to comprehend. Twain chose this dialect for Jim because he perhaps heard slaves talk during that time period. Jim’s dialect is exceedingly different compared to the other character, which makes him unique and makes him stand out.Moreover, Tom is an active boy who is Huck’s best friend. He is completely different from Huck and Jim in almost every way. He comes from the middle class; he is more educated than Huck and Jim. The reader did not have a hard time to comprehend Tom’s dialect because he speaks proper English. For example,”Do you want to go to doing different things from what’s in the books and get things all muddled up” (Twain )? The reader can clearly tell that he has a sophisticated accent. The reader easily understood Tom’s lines due to the fact he spoke proper English. Twain avoids using slang word and utilizes proper vocabulary in Tom’s dialect because he wants his reader to see that he is more educated compared to other characters. To sum up, the author outline social class through his utilization of various dialect in the novel. This novel basically displays how Twain utilizes dialect to demonstrate the difference between the characters. The reader was able to figure out character standards based on how they spoke. The dialect makes the novel more of an artistic achievement because it displays how people spoke back then and it also shows how the community was completely different than that of today.