The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Part 1

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  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn 
  • By: Mark Twain
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Brendan Crain May 21, 2018
  • "The Widow Douglas took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal and decent the widow was in all her ways..." (1).
  • " 'Don't put your feet up there, Huckleberry'; and 'Don't scrunch up like that, Huckleberry-set up straight"; and ...'Why don't you try to behave?' "(2).
  • "It didn't take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn't no kings nor dukes at all, but just low-down humbugs and frauds.  But I never said nothing, never let on; just kept it to myself...I learnt that the best way to get along with this kind of people is to let them have their own way" (125).
  • By rights I am a duke!" (122).
  • "Yes, gentleman, you see before you...the rightful King of France" (124).
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  • I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the only one he's got now... I would take up wickedness again, which was in my line, being brung up to it...and for a starter I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery again" (214).
  • Exposition Huckleberry Finn was living with Miss Watson and the WIdow Douglas because his pap was a drunk.  The woman wanted to educate Huck and teach him manners.  Huck did not want to be "sivilized" and planned on faking his death and escaping.
  • "So it was you thats been making all this trouble...(288). "Then why on earth did you want to set him free for, seeing he was already free?" (289).
  • "Why, I wanted the adventure of it..." (289).
  • Rising Action After Huck escaped, he met up with Miss Watson's escaped slave, Jim.  They made a plan to travel down the Mississippi River to the Ohio River, and into the free states where slavery is prohibited.  Along the way, they experience many obstacles, dangers and challenges. One of the obstacles was when they were kidnapped by the con artists, the duke and the king.
  • "But I recon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before" (293).
  • Climax The duke and the king stole Jim and sold him as a slave to a farmer. Huck had to make a choice to either obey the law and allow Jim to be sold, or do what he thought was morally right and rescue Jim.  He and his friend Tom chose to rescue his friend.
  • Falling Action Huck's friend Tom knew all along that Jim was free.  Miss Watson died and set Jim free in her will.  He played along with rescuing Jim because he likes adventure. Huck realized that all the work he did to help Jim escape on the Mississippi was all for nothing since he was already free.
  • Resolution At the end of the book, Huck learned that his pap was dead and that Jim was legally free.  He decided that he wanted his freedom, too.  He didn't want to be adopted by Aunt Sally and be forced to live a civilized life. He chose to take his money and move West to begin a new life on his own.
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