The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain/ Project By Patrick M.

A young boy runs away from his abusive father with a runaway slave. They run away on a raft and go down the Mississippi river, trying to reach a new town. Will they escape abuse, or will they get in trouble in the process?

Summary of the Novel

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place in as small town called St. Petersburg along the Mississippi River in the 1880's after the events in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and is told in Huck's point of view. The book starts off with Huck talking about life with his new foster parent, the widow Douglas and how boring his school is. Huck is a young child, but has never been able to act like a child, and has always been a realist due to past experiences of bad parenthood and homelessness, making him have to take care of himself his whole life. The book continues on with Huck talking about his new life, until one day when his father Pap, the town drunk, and Huck's dad who is abusive to Huck, returns in-order to punish and abuse Huck again because Huck is having a better, richer life than he is. Pap eventually finds Huck, steals him from the widow douglas, and locks him away in-order to steal Huck's money to buy drinks. A few days latter Huck escapes and starts to run away in a raft down the Mississippi River, where he meets Jim, a run away slave. There they become friends and decide to run away together. The rest of the book continues on with Huck and Jim going down the river and coming across many adventures as they head there way to a free town. Along the way Huck learns many things about jim and how acts more like a person than he thought. Although this occurs Huck still has many internal conflicts about slavery and whether he should listen to his mind or his heart. Should he go against what he was taught his whole life by society and his religion , or should he turn Jim in and fell guilty about it.
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The Setting

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place in a small southern town along the Mississippi Called St. Petersburg and takes place after the events in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the 1880's. During this time period where Huck lives, slaves were big and everyone had one. Most of the slaves worked on farms which where everywhere in the south. Most slaves at that time were treated horribly. Religion and society portrayed them as hopeless, stupid animals that can't survive on there own. For this reason many people thought it was a favor to take in african americans as slaves. They where also believed to never be able to go to heaven, and when they died they were just sent to the underworld.
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Book Reviews

¨Still one of the greatest American novels.¨

~Common Sense Media

"Could be called a masterpiece."

~Barnes & Noble

"One of the most celebrated novels in american literature"

~About Education

About the Author

Mark Twain, the writer of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, grew up in a small town in the south along the Mississippi river. As you can most likely tell from this, these books are based on his every day simple life as a kid minus all the adventures. Many of the characters in these books are actually based off of real people that he grew up with. Around the time he wrote this book, the civil war just ended and Twain was most likely questioning slavery and the society of when he was a kid. This is most likely shows why the book was much less lighthearted than The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and why it has many more problems where Huck is questioning society.

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