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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Giuseppe TovarNovember 18, 2013



In The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: Huck, our main character lives in a comfortable house with rigid customs, attending school and eating on a clean tablecloth with hot food served by two ladies. In the first part Huck explains his story. Pop, his father, is an alcoholic. One day, when Huck was with his friend Tom Sawyer, they find a lot of money. Huck gives his share of the money to judge Thatcher, who keeps it in a bank and to prevent his father from stealing it. At that time Huck lives with the Douglas widow, who has a sister, Ms. Watson, and she, Ms Watson has a slave named Jim. Jim and Huck are friends. One day Huck moves out of the Douglas’ house as living on the street is what he prefers. But in the end he returns to live with the widow Douglas again. Days later Pop tells Huck that he must give him all the money he’s got. Huck tells his father that all the money is in the bank, and that, for the time being he only has a dollar. Days later he is captured and forced to live with him in a hut in the forest. The hut is quite far away from the Douglas’ house.

Then Huck, on account of his father’s alcoholism and abuse, decides to escape in a canoe he found. When people learn that Huck is missing, they decide to search for him and when they don’t find him, they assume he is dead. Huck watches from an island where he runs into Jim, Ms. Watson’s slave. They take shelter from the rain in a wooden house, and the next day they find a raft. Then Huck dresses up as a woman to see what people who think him dead are saying about him. A woman discovers him and he escapes to warn Jim that they are looking for them.

Huck and Jim meet a couple of men, fraudsters who claim to belong to royalty and use them as slaves. One day they manage to escape but Jim is later captured. Huck, who is following his friend Jim, it is intercepted by the Tom’s aunt, who confuses Huck with Tom.

Huck hears a boat in which his friend Tom is traveling. Huck, in anticipation of the arrival of his friend, explains to Tom everything that’s been going on. Tom concocts a plan to liberate Jim. Both friends dig a hole each night under the wall of Jim’s hut. When they finish, the three of them escape on the river but a man hurts Tom in the leg and his friends decide not to abandon him. The men carry Tom back to the town and bring Jim with them. But Jim is freed because the Ms. Watson wrote in her will that she wanted to release him of bondage before dying, and she has been dead for two months. Jim then tells Huck that his father has died and that he can have his money back.


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  • Erik
    November 18, 2013 at 5:19 am

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a book filled with irony. It is very interesting especially because it shows us the status of the United States as still a country in training wheels at the end of the nineteenth century. Mark Twain adopts a terribly critical vision of slavery, racism, and the hypocrisy of a society that appears to be puritan, but which under a veneer of neatness and order, hides a way of life where the most wretched and miserable rub shoulders with the opulent. Jim and Huck are looking for an impossible freedom.

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