Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By: Mark Twain

Summary

The setting starts out in St. Petersburg, Missouri. Huckleberry Finn, the protagonist, is living a new life, learning mannors from Miss Watson, a wealthy lady living in a big house with her sister. Tom Sawyer trys starting a "robbers gang" where they will steal from people and then "ransom" them to death, even though they don't know what that word means. Huck's father returns to huck after leaving because he was a drunk. He still drinks and kidnaps Huck from Miss Watson. They stay in a cabin and because Pap beats Huck, Huck runs away to an island, faking his own death in order for Pap to leave him alone. When Huck leaves, he runs into Jim who explains that he ran because Miss Watson was planning to sell him to a place he would be treated very badly. Huck helps Jim not get captured even though he learned there was a reward for capturing and turning him in. Jim is also in search of his family. Huck and Jim leave the island on a raft that is hit by a steamboat and the two are separated but then when the raft is repaired by Jim, they start on the river again. The rest of the book goes on with more adventure but the climax is probably when Jim gets taken and Huck has to decide whether he wants to go back to Miss Watson and Jim to the plantation, or to save Jim from slavery and run away. He starts to write a letter to Miss Watson to inform her of where Jim is but then starts thinking of how he wants his life and then he makes his decision.

Characters

Huckleberry Finn: (Protagonist) Huck is a young boy, age 13, who lives in St. Petersburg, Missouri. He is living with two rich sisters who are teaching him the "sivilized" way of living. Huck is trying to help a runaway slave and also figure out his own life at the same time.


Pap: Pap, Huck's father, is known as the town drunk who does not want Huck to have an education.


Jim: Jim is a slave and one of the most responsible character and a nice friend of Huck. Jim runs away to find his family and is assisted by Huck. Because he is black man, people treat him differently than the white people in the book.


Tom Sawyer: A friend of Huckleberry Finn.


Personal Review

The language Mark Twain uses is somewhat hard to understand because it is in the point of view of a young man in the mid 1800s. The boy's grammar is not very developed so the language of this book is very different than most books. The details in the book pull you in at some points and then get kind of boring in other parts. Some parts were also difficult to follow. This books is very interesting and has a nice plot overall but it honestly was not one of my favorites.

Favorite Quote

"It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right then, I’ll go to hell”—and tore it up. It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming."


This passage from the novel is very important in the story. It is showing that Huck does not want to live his life with Miss Watson or make Jim be a slave and instead they will run away and live life without needing to live the "sivilized" way. I believe this is the climax of the whole novel.