The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Rollin' On The River of Huckleberry Finn's AdventuresBy: Roselle Antikoll

1. Huck & His Ways "Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn't. She said it was a mean practice and wasn't clean, and I must try to not do it anymore." (1.2-3) & "Miss Watson would say, "Don't put your feet up there, Huckleberry;" and "Don't scrunch up like that, Huckleberry--set up straight;" and pretty soon she would say, "Don't gap and stretch like that, Huckleberry--why don't you try to behave?"" (1.3) These two quotes discuss the topic of Huck and his behavior and etiquette in the beginning of the novel. The widow and her sister, Miss Watson try to improve Huck's behavior. Also, this occurs in St. Petersburg, Missouri, where the story begins.2. Pap, the Drunkard "He kept me with him all the time, and I never got a chance to run off. We lived in that old cabin, and he always locked the door and put the key under his head nights. He had a gun which he had stole, I reckon, and we fished and hunted, and that was what we lived on. Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store, three miles, to the ferry, and traded fish and game for whisky, and fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time, and licked me. " (6.32) & "But by and by pap got too handy with his hick’ry, and I couldn’t stand it. I was all over welts. He got to going away so much, too, and locking me in. Once he locked me in and was gone three days. It was dreadful lonesome." (6.32-33) These two quotes brought up the abuse and neglect of Pap towards Huckleberry, how he always locked him in the cabin, got drunk, and would abuse and beat him, leaving him with bruises. This event happen in Pap's Cabin, which is in Illinois.3. Huck & Jim Meet Again "Well, you see, it’uz dis way. Ole missus—dat’s Miss Watson—she pecks on me all de time, en treats me pooty rough, but she awluz said she wouldn’ sell me down to Orleans. But I noticed dey wuz a nigger trader roun’ de place considable lately, en I begin to git oneasy. Well, one night I creeps to de do’ pooty late, en de do’ warn’t quite shet, en I hear old missus tell de widder she gwyne to sell me down to Orleans, but she didn’ want to, but she could git eight hund’d dollars for me, en it ’uz sich a big stack o’ money she couldn’ resis’. De widder she try to git her to say she wouldn’ do it, but I never waited to hear de res’. I lit out mighty quick, I tell you." (8.58) This paragraph talks about Jim explaining to Huck why he ran away. Jim ran away, because Miss Watson picked on him all the time, but she spoke with a slave trader who would sell Jim down to New Orleans, having to leave his family, for eight hundred dollars, so he ran away, because Jim knew Miss Watson couldn't resist the offer. This happened in Jackson Island, which is located in Illinois.4. Small Pox? "Poor devil, there’s something in that. We are right down sorry for you, but we—well, hang it, we don’t want the small-pox, you see. Look here, I’ll tell you what to do. Don’t you try to land by yourself, or you’ll smash everything to pieces. You float along down about twenty miles, and you’ll come to a town on the left-hand side of the river. It will be long after sun-up then, and when you ask for help you tell them your folks are all down with chills and fever. Don’t be a fool again, and let people guess what is the matter...Say, I reckon your father’s poor, and I’m bound to say he’s in pretty hard luck. Here, I’ll put a twenty-dollar gold piece on this board, and you get it when it floats by. I feel mighty mean to leave you; but my kingdom! it won’t do to fool with small-pox, don’t you see?" (16.121) This paragraph discussed how Huck lied and told the men that his "dad (Jim) has small pox, because they were men who were searching for a runaway slave. The men tell Huck that they are sorry for him, but they don't want to get small pox, so they advise him to not land the raft on the shore by himself, because it'll just smash into pieces, so they tell him to float down the river about twenty miles to ask for help in the town. They also give him twenty dollar gold piece betting his father is poor. This occurs along the Mississippi River5. Dear Miss Watson "It was a close place. I took . . . up [the letter I’d written to Miss Watson], and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: "All right then, I’ll go to hell"—and tore it up. It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming." (31.284-285) This paragraph talks about when Huck writes a letter for Miss Watson telling her where Jim is. Huck reflects on his friendship with Jim and realizes that, regardless of sending the letter, Jim will still be sold down the river, so he decides to tear up the letter. When he says "All right then, I'll go to hell", it shows how brave and mature Huck has gotten from the beginning of the novel. This happened in the Phelp's Farm.6. Free at Last "But I reckon 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 been there before." (43.388) This is the last sentence, in the last chapter of the novel. This leaves us with a complete feeling and doesn't just leave the readers hanging. The author ties up all the loose ends as everything had been resolved, from Jim being free, Tom recovering, and Aunt Sally offerring to adopt Huck. Even though Huck is on good terms with his Aunt Sally, Huck comes to the realization that he can provide better for himself than anyone ever could in society. This paragraph also shows how much Huck has changed and grown as a person, he has matured and learned many things along the way of his journey. Huck then becomes independent going West in search for another adventure.


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