Twain vs. Homer

I chose the painting Snap the Whip by Winslow Homer to compare to Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The tone of the painting is openly light, with boys playing in the fields while their family watches from afar. The colors are light and playful, inferring the lighthearted spirit. However, near the back, the woods grow dark with a heavy feeling, showing a dark underbelly to post Civil War America like race relations and rebuilding of the South. Another analogy to that are the boys falling down on the left side of the picture. This is similar to Huckleberry Finn because the initial tone to the book is adventurous and quite childish. Even so, a seasoned reader can read between the lines and pick out the more mature topics like post-war race relations and the dark father-son relationship that Twain is really writing about.

snap-the-whip

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