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Lorraine Hansberry

author of A Raisin in the Sun

Robert Frost

author of "The Road Not Taken" and "Mending Wall"

Henry David Thoreau

author of Walden and "Civil Disobedience"

Edgar Lee Masters

author of Spoon River Anthology

Walt Whitman

author of Leaves of Grass

Mark Twain

author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Ralph Waldo Emerson

author of Nature, "Self-Reliance," "Concord Hymn," and "The Snowstorm"

Emily Dickinson

author of "Because I could not stop for death--"

Willy Harris

other "business partner" of Walter's; runs off with money

Aunt Polly

Tom's aunt; she arrives to straighten things out at the end

Aunt Sally Phelps

Tom's aunt; mistakes Huck for Tom

Beneatha Younger

"Listen, I'm going to be a doctor. I'm not worried about who I'm going to marry yet--if I ever get married."


"I waited in that train station six hours...That was all the extra money I had in the world...Man, Willy is gone."

Colonel Grangerford

head of a feuding family; "He was a gentleman all over; and so was his family."

George Murchison

"Look honey, we're going to the theatre--we're not going to be in go change, huh?"

Huckleberry Finn

narrator of the book


superstitious runaway slave; friend of Huck's

Joseph Asagai

"Nigeria. Home. I will show you our mountains and our stars, and give you cool drinks from gourds..."

Karl Lindner

"What do you think you are going to gain by moving into a neighborhood where you just aren't wanted"

Lena/Mama Younger

"Well, I always wanted me a garden like I used to see sometimes at the back of the houses down home. This plant is close as I ever got to having one."

Mary Jane Wilks

defends Huck; Huck tells her the truth about the men she thought were her uncles

Mr. Arnold

Walter Lee is his chauffeur

Pap Finn

Huck's alcoholic, abusive father

Ruth Younger

"I'll work twenty hours a day in all the kitchens in Chicago...I'll strap my baby on my back if I have to and scrub all the floors in America and wash all the sheets in America if I have to--but we got to move...We got to get out of here..."

Sid Sawyer

Tom's younger brother who Tom pretends to be


younger con man who at one point must pretend to be deaf


"One of these fellows was about seventy or upwards, and had a bald head and very gray whiskers"; older con man

Tom Sawyer

Huck's best friend; loves to develop plots

Travis Younger

"Gaa-lee, Grandmama, you rich." "You crackin' up?"

Walter Lee Younger

"The future, Mama. Hanging over there at the edge of my days. Just waiting for me--a big, looming blank space--full of nothing."

Widow Douglas

she takes Huck in and tries to civilize him at the beginning of the book


where Tom gets most of his ideas

They're dead

what's unique about all the speakers in the poems from Spoon River Anthology

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall"

quotation from "Mending Wall"

"Good fences make good neighbors"

another quotation from "Mending Wall"

double meaning of "Mending Wall"

neighbors are mending the wall and mending the relationship


a statement that seems contradictory or ridiculous but is nevertheless true


a person, place, or thing that his its own meaning and also represents something larger


an intellectual movement founded by Emerson--truth grasped through intuition, nature illuminates nature of human beings, Over-Soul


a central message revealed by a literary work and often expressed through the use of symbols, as well as characters' actions, descriptions, and imagery

Emily Dickinson

wrote shorter poems that used dashes insted of standard punctuation; often referenced nature and sometimes death

Walt Whitman

often wrote longer poems with long, rambling lines which did not rhyme; common themes incuded celebration of America, individual, and life, reflecting a belief everyone is connected

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