English Huck Finn

English Huck Finn

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  • Mississippi River
  • Money
  • Slavery and Racism
  • Most of the plot in Huck Finn takes place on the river or near it. The river represents freedom for Huck and Jim. The towns along the river bank exerts an influence on the boys such as danger, criminals, and dishonesty. The fog along the river forces the boys to miss Cairo, in which they were headed.The river soon became a short-term escape in which the boys experience the realities of a runaway.
  • Adventure
  • The concept of having a rich class and a poor class is threaded throughout the story. To start off the story, Twain points out that Huck has over $6,000. On the other hand, Jim is on a quest to buy his family out of slavery. If Jim had more money, wealth would allow him to raise his class in society. Jim is on a constant quest where as Huck keeps a relaxed attitude about money.
  • Society and Hypocrisy
  • Jim, a main character and a slave, demonstrates the humanity of slaves. Throughout the story, Jim expresses the complicated emotions and struggles with the path of his life. Jim runs away from his owner and works toward obtaining freedom so he can buy his families freedom.
  • Religion and Superstition
  • Huck and Jim run away to freedom. While running away, the boys had an adventure. On this adventure, they met new people, came across a shipwreck, watched a guy get shot, and become in great danger. The adventure ended in the boys getting the freedom they set out to find.
  • Huck's guardian, Widow Douglass, and her sister, Miss Watson try to "sivilize" Huck by teaching him Christian values and manners. Although, like Twain, Huck situates to deride religion. Huck indicates in the first chapter that hell sounds far more fun than heaven. Eventually, Huck recognizes that slavery is inhuman institution in which no "sivilized" society can be founded on.
  • Jim and Huck both are rational characters, yet when they encounter something superstitious, the irrationality takes over. This demonstrates the boys are child-like despite their maturity. Superstition occurs for instance when Huck spills salt then Pap returns.
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