The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

"He said it was all done by enchantment. He said there was hundreds of soldiers there, and elephants and treasure, and so on, but we had enemiees which he called magicians, and they had turned the whole thing into an infant sunday school, just out of spite" (21).

This quote signifies how Huck and Tom are still kids, no matter how grown-up they pretend to be. They are still very naive to the world around them and by the end of the book, Huck will probably have gained more insight about the world and he will be more mature.

"Mostly True, with some Stretchers"

"I didn't want to go back no more. I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn't no objections" (34).

This quote signifies how Huck is changing from being almost civilized back to his old uncivilized cussing sloppy dirty ways. Pap is changing him for the worse, although he thinks he is just getting his son back because he doesn't want Huck to grow up thinking he is better than him.

"Stop that Putting on Frills"

"'Jim, this is nice,' I says. 'I wouldn't want to be nowhere but here. Pass me along another hunk of fish andsome hot corn-bread'" (59).

This quote signifies how Huck likes living with Jim more than living with his own father. People in that time period thought slaves were incapable of human compassion but Huck proves them wrong, that some slaves are even better than a white man.

"Nowhere Else But Here"

"It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger-but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a kknowed it would make him feel that way" (98).

This quote signifies how Huck has changed outside of his society. He has apologized to a black man, something he never would have done if he was living back in Hannibal. Huck also realizes that his actions have consequences and he cares more about people's feelings.

"I Warn't Ever Sorry"

"He was thinking about his wife and his children, away up yonder, and he was low and homesick; because he hadn't ever been away from home before in his life; and I do believe he cared just as muchas white folks does for their'n. It don't seem natural, but I reckon it's so" (167).

"I made up my mind I wouldn't ever go anear that house again, because I reckoned I was to blame, somehow" (127).

"Bang! Bang! Bang!"

"I found Jim had been trying to get him to talk French, so he ould hear what it was like; but he said he had been in thiscountry so long, and had so much trouble, he'd forgot it" (146).

This quote signifies how naive Jim is because of his secluded slave life. Society in that time thought slaves were stupid, but they were only stupid because the whites made them stupid. They were not allowed to see the world, so they were not given the chance to be extremely intelligent.

"No Kings Nor Dukes"

This quote represents a turning point in Huck's mentality. He realizes that maybe blacks are not that different, and that even though they have a different skin color, they are still human and still have feelings. He realizes that slaves can be compassionate too. Jim cares more about his family than Pap ever cared about Huck. A black man cared more than a white man, and Huck does not think it is natural, but it is true.

"Ladies and Children Not Admitted"

"I'm blest if it don't look like the truth is better, and actuly safer, than a lie. I must lay it by in my mind, and think it over some time or other, it's so kind of strange and unregular. I never see nothing like it (200).

This quote is when Huck decides to tell Mary Jane the truth that the duke and king are not the sisters' real uncles and are scamming them for all that they are worth. This shows how Huck has matured and can do the right thing when he wants to and when he cares about the people.

"Up and Tell the Truth"

This quote signifies how Huck thinks a lot of things are his fault. His reasoning is that if he had not given Sophia the paper, she would not have eeloped, and the fighting would not have happened. The fighting would have happened anyways eventually though, and Buck's death really opened Huck's eyes to how serious these families are and how crazy society is.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

"'And you want to water it with your tears.' 'Why, I got plenty of spring water, Mars Tom.' 'You don't want spring water; you want to water it with your tears. It's the way they always do'" (277).

"'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" (228).

This quote is when Tom Sawyer makes Jim do all these crazy things so he and Huck can help him escape the right way, like they do in all his adventure books. This makes Huck realize how immature Tom still is and also makes the audience dislike Tom, who is supposed to be the good, educated white boy.

"That's the Way they Always Do It"

This quote represents a turning point in the book and in Huck's mentality. He does not care what society tells him is the right thing to do or that Jim is black; he knows the right thing to do is to stick up for his friend, Jim. He gives up on reforming to Southern society because he knows they are wrong and blacks are just as good if not better, than whites.

Episode 10

"All Right, then I'll Go to Hell"


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