The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain


The book picks up after The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with Huck Finn living with Miss. Watson and the Widow Douglas. Hucks abusive father shows up in town though trying to claim the fortune Huck and Tom made in their previous adventures. Huck escapes and so begins a long journey with escaped slave Jim down the Mississippi River.

Favorite Passage

“I fetched the pig in, and took him back nearly to the table and hacked into his throat with the axe, and laid him down on the ground to bleed; I say ground because it was ground—hard packed, and no boards. Well, next I took an old sack and put a lot of big rocks in it—all I could drag—and I started it from the pig, and dragged it to the door and through the woods down to the river and dumped it in, and down it sunk, out of sight. You could easy see that something had been dragged over the ground.”

I enjoyed this passage because it displays some of the cleverness and cunning that Huck possesses.

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Huckleberry Finn

The main character of the book who also narrator. He originally resists efforts to civilize him as for most of his life he's been forced to fend for himself but eventually begins to accept it. After being abducted though and escaping he decides to go back to relying on himself.

Tom Sawyer

Hucks friend who is always looking to make an adventure out of anything. His wild and crazy ideas cause him a bit of pain in the end however.


An escaped slave who accompanies Huck for most of his journey. Though he is extremely supersticious, he also shows himself to be intelligent and his actions and his longings for his family help Huck to questions the supposed differences between whites and blacks.


A drunk who is very abusive towards Huck.

The "Duke" and "Dauphin"

Con artists who hitch a ride with Huck and Jim and scam townspeople as the float down the river. Huck and Jim have to continue to give them a ride as they are older white males.

Widow Douglas and Miss Watson

The ladies who adopt Huck and try to civilize him.


The beginning of the book was a little slow as it seemed like a random collection of Huck and Toms previous ventures. As the story progressed though and the feud between the two families and the introduction of the two cons sprung up it became more interesting. I also liked the cleverness Huck displays throughout the book such as using the pig to fake his death. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.


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Twain, Mark. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Feedbooks, 1885. iBooks.

Widger, David. "HUCKLEBERRY FINN." Gutenburg. N.p., 27 June 2004. Web. 6

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