Huck Finn

Episodic
Episode 1: Moses and the Bull Rushers
Episodes 2-3 (partly 1 also): Tom??™s Gang
Episode 4: Hairball Oracle
Episodes 5-7:
Episodes 8-10: Life on Jackson??™s Island
Episode 11: Huck Dresses like a Girl
Episodes 12-13: Walter Scott Boat
Episodes 14-15: Life on the River
Episode 16:
Episodes 17-18: Shepherdson Grangerford Feud
Episodes 19-20: Duke and Dauphin (Intro)
Episodes 21-22: Boggs and Colonel Sherburn
Episodes 23-30: Wilkes Episode
Episodes:
Superstition
Killing the Spider:
Chapter 1 Page 3
???Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up. I didn??™t need anybody to tell me that that was an awful bad sign and would fetch me some bad luck, so I was scared and most shook the clothes off of me.???
Hairball:
Chapter 4 Page 14
?????¦Jim had a hair-ball as big as your fist, which had been took out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used to do magic with it. He said there was a spirit inside of it, and it knowed everything.
Hairy Arms and Chest:
At the end of this chapter, Jim and Huck are talking about how Jim hears that he might be sold for $8,000. They talk about all of Jim??™s investments that have failed. But, Jim is not too disappointed, seeing that (according to his superstitions) his hairy arms and chest are a sign of future wealth.
Language
Metaphor:
This is from one of Jim and Huck??™s descusions. Jim compares trash with people who like to play tricks on their friends.
Simile:
?????¦slept like dead people.???
This simile is describing the Duke and the Dauphin.
Growth Process
At the beginning of the book, we first see Huck as a young careless boy. His mother is dead, and his dad is the town drunk. He has always lived by his own rules and has done whatever he wanted to. Once he started living with Widow Doulas and Miss Watson, his rules changed a little bit. He was expected of more, and couldn??™t just live by his own rules. But, he was still childish. As the story progressed, he experienced many adventures with his new found friend Jim. Jim made the biggest impact on Huck for good. Through the course of this time, we see Huck begin to mature. He no longer thinks it??™s funny to play jokes on Jim. After playing a joke on Jim which results in Jim being bitten by a snake, Huck feels great remorse, and knows that it was immature of him to do that. He also forms some of his own rules, or guidelines to follow. He now sees that there are things that he should and should not do, and that by following certain guidelines he can overcome the desire to break to rules. Also, when Huck sees the one of the girls crying by the coffin, it makes an impact on him. He feels compassion for an innocent victim. At the beginning of the book, Huck probably couldn??™t have cared much about it. But, as he has grown up more, he really understands situations with other people better, and feels more compassion for other people. He is gaining stronger feelings and emotions. Another example is when Huck says, ???Alright then, I??™ll go to hell!??? This shows one of the highest points in his growth. He decides to free Jim, and by doing so, he is rejecting society. The society he grew up with has taught him that freeing slaves and such acts are wrong. But, Huck grows to a point where he can determine right from wrong for himself. He finds that his own beliefs are more important than those of the society.
Moral Decisions
Throughout this book, we see a growth in Huck, and an evolvement in his maturity. One of the moral decisions that Huck makes is when he is tricking the watchmen. He tricks them to go back to the boat to safe the robbers. Even though they are thieves and they plan to commit murder, Huck feels that they still shouldn??™t be killed. He thinks that that sort of punishment is unessecary and can be avoided. Many people may think that Huck??™s decision is wrong. But, unlike society, Huck always sees the good in other people and tries to help them.
During the time period of this book, a lot of racism and slavery were going on. The society believes that whites are higher than blacks and that they rule over them. As Huck gets to know Jim, and creates a friendship with him, he disagrees with this statement. Later on, Huck has to make a decision. He has to decide if he should free Jim, and in doing so he will go against society, or if he should follow society and leave Jim and let him remain a slave. At that point, Huck realizes the difference between those good and bad choices he must make. He realizes that the right thing to do is to completely go against society??™s ways and free Jim.
Ideas on God
Also, Widow Douglas and Miss Watson try to teach Huck a little something about religion. Their picture of Heaven and Hell amuses him, but Heaven seems boring to him, but Hell appeals to him. After the Widow Douglas explains the Bible to Huck, he says, ???After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers; and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didnt care no more about him; because I dont take stock in dead people.” So, as you can see, Twain??™s negativity towards religion is largely reflected into his writing and through his characters.
Character Relationships
Huck and Jim:
At the beginning of the book, we see Huck as a foolish young boy. We are introduced to Jim, and we don??™t really think anything of him except that he is the Widow Douglas??™ slave. In the beginning, Huck and his friend Tom think its funny to play practical jokes on Jim and sort of make fun of him. But as the story progresses, we find that Huck and Jim begin to form a friendship. Jim is much older than Huck, and has a big influence on him. Jims influence not only effects Hucks maturity, but his moral reasoning; and the influence society has on Huck. Jim is Hucks role model; even though Huck would not admit it. At first Jim seems to portray a Black stereotypical role with his superstitions, although his true identity begins to shine through as his interactions with Huck progress. Jims character traits are easy to over look because of his seeming ignorance, but in reality Jim possessed some qualities that created a positive influence on Huck. He began by demonstrating to Huck how friends teach friends. His honest compassion also eventually causes Huck to resist the ideas society has placed upon him, and see Jim as an equal– rather than property that can be owned. Huck knew he was going against society, and of the consequences that he could receive for freeing a slave. Then, at the close of the book, we see how both Jim and Huck have progressed and that they are both good friends, they care for each other, and they have grown as people.
Huck and Tom:
Huck and Tom are best friends. At the start of the book, we see that Huck and Tom like to do many things together. They play pranks on Jim together, and a short while later, they decide to form a band of robbers. Tom is very much a leader. He comes from a family that has lots of money, and is sort of on the higher scheme of things, or on the higher end of society you could say. Tom is the leader of the group of the band of robbers and everyone follows him. Then, through the middle of the book, Huck and Tom are separated for a while. Huck is off with Jim, and is being adventurous. Later, Huck runs into Tom??™s aunt and uncle. Once he finds out who they are, he pretends that he is Tom. So, Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas think that their nephew is home, and has come for a visit. Huck realizes what he has gotten himself into, and realizes that Tom should be coming into town soon. So, Huck runs out and finds Tom and tells him what has happened and what he has done. So, because they are both returning to Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas??™ house, they might be suspicious of the two boys and who the real Tom is. So, Tom pretends to be his own little brother who is hanging around with his big brother Tom (Huck). As this charade continues, Tom??™s aunt and uncle finally realize who Tom and Huck really are and are appalled, but everything is fine. Shortly after, Tom is with Huck and Jim off doing adventurous acts, and Tom gets shot. They were in a battle, and Huck and Jim could have easily left Tom behind and could have forgot about him. Instead, they go back to help him. This shows the real bond of friendship between Huck and Tom, and even Jim. Finally, at the close of the book, Tom??™s aunt and uncle realize that Huck has nobody to go home to, and no real friends or family besides those who are there. So, Sally and Silas announce that they would like to adopt Huck. Huck is pleased and now realizes that he can have a place that he can call home. This also shows the connection between Huck and Tom because this is Tom??™s own family, and they have decided to adopt him so this really ties Huck and Tom??™s friendship.
Huck and the King and the Duke:
Randomly during this story, we are graced with the presence of the Duke and the Dauphin. The Duke and the Dauphin are a pair of con men who Huck and Jim rescue as they are being run out of a river town. The older man, who appears to be about seventy, claims to be the ???dauphin,??? the son of King Louis XVI and heir to the French throne. The younger man, who is about thirty, claims to be the Duke of Bridgewater. Although Huck quickly realizes the men are frauds, he and Jim remain at their mercy, as Huck is only a young boy and Jim is a runaway slave. The duke and the dauphin carry out a number of increasingly disturbing acts as they travel down the river on the raft. When they first arrive, they are seen as ???royalty???, so they must be respected. Because they are with Huck and Jim, they know they will not report them. If they do, they could easily report Jim because he has run away. The relationship between Huck and these two men is negative. The Duke and the Dauphin are always there, and they just get in the way. Huck always wants them to be gone and never come back. Yet, though they are abnocious, Huck still is somewhat kind to them. Before they get tarred and feathered, Huck warns them that they will be, but the Duke and the Dauphin don??™t listen to him, seeing as he is only a foolish child. But, it turns out that they did get tarred and feathered. Though Huck hates them, he still shows some kindness towards them.
Huck and his father:
Huck??™s biggest concern throughout the beginning of the book is his father. He is an outsider and a rebel.
Although being a father is an important role and a huge responsibility in normal families, Pap shows no such concern toward Huck. The only thing he cares about is getting drunk every day until he doesnt remember himself. Pap contrasts to Jim who is described in the book as goodness and honesty. Hucks father is the example of all worlds immorality and filthiness. Even his looks with “long and tangled and greasy hair and rags for clothes”. Pap behaves in a very cruel way with Huck, and he is often beaten up and physically abused. Not only physical abuse is an issue between father and son here, Pap is also against Hucks education. He resents Hucks ability to read and write, and be in religious studies. The world of Widow Douglas, who agreed to take care of Huck, in Paps mind, is a dangerous world. He forces Huck to stop his education to ???return to his roots??? as Pap puts it. He wants his son to belong to himself, to do only what he orders him. He even keeps him in the forest in the cabin away from the outside world and people who were willing to help, he is locked there like an animal. So, as you can see, the relationship between Huck and his father is not positive. I feel so bad for Huck that he is scared of his own family, his own Pap. Pap doesn??™t care for Huck one bit, yet restricts him from so many things, which doesn??™t make sense, seeing as if he doesn??™t care, why should it matter

Dialects
Missouri Negro Dialect:
Used by Jim. He has a strong heavy way of speaking that may sometimes be hard to understand.
Southwestern Dialect:
Used by Huck, Tom, the gang of robbers??¦etc.
Almost Good English:
Used by Pap. He does use some slang, so it??™s OK English.
“Well, Ill learn her how to meddle. And looky here — you drop that school, you hear Ill learn people to bring up a boy to put on airs over his own father and let on to be bettern what he is. You lemme catch you fooling around that school again, you hear???
Humanity
An author reveals himself in what he writes. Here are some quotes on how Twain feels about humanity:
“Human beings seem to be a poor invention. If they are the noblest works of God where is the ignoblest”
– Mark Twain, Notebook (1896)
“I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being–that is enough for me; he cant be any worse”
– Mark Twain, Concerning the Jews
Twains views of humanity could be positive or negative. In this book, the good side of people??™s humanity is shown through their courage. This would be Huck. The flaws would be shown through characters like Tom or the Grangerfords. Twains different views of his different feelings are reflected through these characters.

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