A Different View - Episode 9

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Discipline:
Language Arts
Subject:
Reading Comprehension
Grade:
9

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A Different View - Episode 9

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A Different View

Setting:The setting still remains in Arkansas, in the town of Pikesville village where the Phelps home is located. The home represents the racist society Huck Finn once lived in, and happens to be surrounded by on his journey to freedom.

Is a person's morals decided by a few actions or does the person have to experience different scenarios to show their morality once developed?

New Characters:Sally Phelps (Mrs.Phelps)- About forty five or fifty years old, a mother, and the aunt of Tom Saywer.Silas Phelps- The uncle of Tom Sawyer who is married to Sally Phelps, and went to town everyday looking for Sawyer.Lize- The slave woman who helps stop the hounds from attacking Huck, she has a daughter and two boys, and she works at the Phelps home.

Author's PurposeThe author’s purpose in this episode is to show how Huck changes from the previous episodes. In this episode, Huck Finn makes a big decision on whether or not he wants to continue helping Jim or to stop and leave him. He ends deciding that despite what others may think of him, a traitor, or even a wicked boy, he would do anything for Jim, even “I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery again; and if I could think up anything worse, I would do that, too; because as long as I was in, and in for good, I might as well go the whole hog” (228). This shows that if Huck is going to stick by Jim's side, it's going to be through the whole process, he's there for Jim and wants to help him just like how he has given Huck a fatherly figure. The reoccurrence of Tom Sawyer represent Huck and his foil—coming from the same background, having the same views, about the same age, height, and looks.

Changes in Huck:In this episode, Huck Finn’s evolution changes a lot from the last episode. At first, Huck knows exactly how and why he wants to help his friend, Jim, however he feels as if he is doing something that is wrong. Being brought up into the racist society he previously lived in (and has been on since his journey) he was taught that helping slaves were wrong and that they were not even considered human beings. Huck’s conscience changes quite a bit because he is not sure he wants to help Jim, but in the end he decides to forget about what everyone else thinks and do what he believes is right, and that is helping Jim to a greater extend. When Huck is in the Phelps family home acting as Tom Sawyer, he sort of forgets the whole reason he’s there—finding Jim. Although he does discuss the situation with Tom, he kind of looks up to the family even though they have Jim captive

Do you think that a child's actions are more based off parent teachings or the influence of friends?

Do people constantly change their views of the world? Or have the things they've learned from growing up make them believe what they always have?

"But that's always the way; it don't make no difference whether you do right or wrong, a person's conscience ain't got no sense, and just goes for him anyways" (145).


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