Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Sivilized Sign

Since school is starting up all across the country--and along with that, many students will soon be introduced to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn--I thought that today's entry would be particularly appealing.

Here is a sign from a Huck's Food and Fuel in Salem, Illinois.

As an American literature professor, every time I teach Huckleberry Finn I argue for the tragedy and darkness found in this text. Far from a mere children's or adolescent novel, as some might teach it, this book is downright depressing at times.

But I don't think anything in the novel is as frightening and disturbing as this gas station's image of Huck. In the words of Huckleberry Finn, this sign most give me the fantods.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What strikes me as awkward is the comic book type explosion design behind his head. Not sure what to make of that. It's as though his head is synonomous with "KAA-POOOWW!!"

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