"...it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I could't stand it any longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied" (1).
It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars...and nothing ever happened to us at all - that night, nor the next, nor the next" (64-65).
“What's the use you learning to do right when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?” (91).
"I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I see it warn't no use for me to try to learn to do right" (91).
Characterization Huckleberry Finn is the main character and narrator of the book. He is a 13 year-old boy growing up in the late 1800's in Missouri. He is strong willed, adventurous, and loves the outdoors. He is very independent and does not want anyone to make him change.
"So Jim went to work and told me the whole thing right through, just as it happened...Then he said he must start in and 'terpret' it, because it was sent for a warning" (84-85).
Imagery The author, Mark Twain, uses many descriptive words throughout the book to help the reader picture the story in his or her mind. In this quote, it is easy to imagine how peaceful Huck and Jim felt as they were drifting down the Mississippi, escaping all of their problems.
Theme: Right and Wrong Throughout the book, Huck has to make choices about what is right and what is wrong. He struggles with doing what he feels is right even though it might go against the rules of society or even against the law, like when he helped a slave escape.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn. New York: Random House, 1996. Print.
Foreshadowing At the beginning of their journey, Jim had a nightmare. His dream foreshadowed the bad luck and bad people that they would encounter. These people would prevent Huck and Jim from ever reaching the free states.
Symbolism The Mississippi River is the symbol for freedom. When Huck and Jim are on the raft they feel safe and life is peaceful. The river is the path that will carry both of them away from all their troubles and to a place where they can be free and live life the way they chose.
"We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft" (116).