A Stealthy Scam - Episode 7

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A Stealthy Scam - Episode 7

5. In this picture a man is performing an act that Huck is amazed by. "...And then he begun to pull off his clothes and sling them. He shed them so thick they kind of clogged up the air , and altogether he shed seventeen suits. And then, there he was, slim and handsome, amd dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw, and he lit into that horse with his whip and made him fairly hum--and finally skipped off, and made his bow and danced off to the dressing- , and everybody just a-howling with pleasure and astonishment" (161).

2. In this picture the Duke is practicing Hamlet's soliloquy which is 'the 'most celebrated thing in Shakespeare' (148).

3. In this picture Colonel Sherburn shoots Boggs. "Bang! goes the first shot, and he staggers back clawing at the air --bang! goes the second one, and he tumbles backwards onto the ground, heavy and solid, with his arms spread out" (155).

1. In this picture the king and the Duke are sword fighting--practicing for the play. "Well, next they got out a couple of long swords that the duke made out of oak laths, and begun to practice the sword-fight--the duke called himself Richard III.; and the way they laid on, and pranced around the raft was grand t0 see" (147).

4. In this picture a drunk man rides a horse at the circus. "So everybody laughed and said all right, and the man got on. The minute he was on, the horse begun to rip and tear and jump and cavort around, with two circus men hanging onto his bridle trying to hold him, and the drunk man hanging onto his neck, and his heels flying in the air every jump, and the whole crowd of people standing up shouting and laughing till the tears rolled down" (160).

New Characters:Boggs- A popular drunk, who is harmless and gets killed by Sherburn. "He was drunk, and weaving about in his saddle; he was over fifty year old, and had a very red face. Everybody yelled at him, and laughed at him, and sassed him, and he sassed back, and said he attend to them and lay them out in their regular turns, but he couldn't wait now, because he'd come to town to kill old Colonel Sherburn, and his motto was, 'meat first, and spoon vittles to top off on'" (153).Colonel Sherburn- He is a powerful, wise, respected man who questions morality and kills Boggs. "By-and-by a proud looking man about fifty-five--and he was a heap the best dressed man in that town, too--steps out of the store, and the crowd drops back on each side to let him come" (154).Buck Harkness- He is briefly mentioned, however it is very odd that there is another character with the name of Buck. Perhaps he is another character that is foreshadowing Huck.

Key:In the pictures numbered 1 through 5 those are the things that happened from the very beginning to end in this Episode.

A Stealthy Scam

The Killers-Human

Author's Purpose:The reason Mark Twain wrote these chapters is to show the audience that just because people are surrounded by certain things does not mean it's the right thing. People can be surrounded by many bad things, but although it may seem right because everyone is doing it does not make it true. In this Episode, the author shows that the people in the town are blindly following society and are not knowing the difference between right and wrong.

How does the surroundings of society affect the person you become in the future? Does the way of life or how you live affect your choices?

Do you think that if something wrong is done then that person/people will get consequences for their actions? Or is it possible for them to get away with their wrong doings and never suffer any punishment? Or do you think that if someone does something bad they will always get their consequence no matter the situation?

Setting:For Episode 7 the setting is still taking place in Arkansas, a slave state, near the Mississippi River. Huck, Jim, the Duke, and the King g0 to town which symbolizes the lack of human morality since people kill others out of cold blood and unnecessary violence. Then they all go to a circus which is significant, because it shows how people of different cultures and talents are able to come together and perform as a group.

Huck's Evolution:In this Episode there is not much to the changes of Huckleberry Finn, other than he acts as a bystander in each chapter.

Colonel Sherburn shoots Boggs, and it shows blind allegiance and it reflects the ignorant mentality of the town's society. This also shows the power that Colonel Sherburn has because everyone made way for the shooting to happen. The flyer that the Duke made that said, "LADIES AND CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED" this kind of shows that only white men can understand deeper things, as well as showing bias towards men's opinions.


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