The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain

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Summary: In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, a young juvenile boy thirteen years of age named Huckleberry Finn is the star. At the beginning of the novel, young Huck Finn is living with the Widow Douglas and her spin sister Miss Watson, but ventures out with his best friend Tom Sawyer and his band of robbers in his free time. Huck’s father Pap, a notorious drunk, returns for Huck and forcefully takes him away to a cabin in which he inhabits. To escape the harsh cabin life with Pap, Huck fakes his own death by making it appear as though a wild hog attacked Huck and killed him. While hiding, Huck meets up with Jim, who has run away from his owner Miss Watson – she was going to sell Jim to a slave trader for $800. They ride the Mississippi River by night, and hide on the banks of the river by day. With assistance from Huck, Jim is able to escape the grasps of people whom want to turn him in to gain the $300 reward that Miss Watson set out for him. Throughout the rest of the story, Jim and Huck travel on the Mississippi River together on a raft, and make many memories full of laughter, fear, adventure, and fun. At the end of the story, Jim and Huck must go their separate ways. Jim returns to his family that he has missed so dearly, and Huck continues his adventures on the Mississippi River.

Description of Major Characters

Huckleberry Finn – He is a young juvenile boy thirteen years of age, and the main character of the story. Also, he is an adventurous boy, and his best friend is Tom Sawyer.

Jim – He is an African American slave owned by Miss Watson. He is befriended by Huckleberry in the story and they end up becoming close friends.

Pap – He is Huckleberry Finn’s deranged and utterly chaotic father. He also is a notorious drunk who kidnaps his own son Huck.

Tom Sawyer – He is Huckleberry Finn’s best friend.

Likes: What I enjoyed about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the bond of friendship that forms between Huck and Jim throughout the story, and how Huck is finally able to see Jim as his equal, and not a piece of property at the end of the story. Huck, in the beginning of the story, acts as though he is superior to Jim, but realizes during the story that Jim is in fact his equal. I also enjoyed how in-depth Mark Twain was with the dialect that he used to narrate Huck with, and the dialogue he used when Jim and Huck had conversations.

Dislikes: Something I did not like about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was the way it was written. I often found it difficult to comprehend what Jim was attempting to say because his speech appeared to be very slurred in the book. Something else I did not enjoy about the book was the size. I feel as though Mark Twain had too many adventures within the content of a single book.

What can we learn from reading this book?
Through reading the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we can learn how vital it is to treat people as our equal, and not to judge someone by the color of their skin. If we judge someone by their skin color, we are not accepting them for who they really are, and you are unable to get to know them. Another thing we can take away from this book is that a key component for building a solid friendship is having respect for the other person involved in the friendship. Without respect for one another in a friendship, we would be tempted to take advantage of our friends, resolving in an un-solid friendship.

Answers to Essential Questions:
· What role does society play in shaping who we are?
o I believe that society can influence the decisions that we make. This influence can determine who we hang out with, what career path we might choose, and what we decide to do with our lives.
· What does freedom mean to you?
o To me, freedom means being able to do what you love to do without having anything to hold you back. Also, I believe that freedom means being able to make your own choices and decisions despite what other people might say.
· How do you go about making important decisions?
o If I have an important decision to make, I usually consult someone(s) who I trust, like my parents for example. If it is a very important decision, I will think about all of my options before making my final decision, so I am able to visualize each scenario as it plays out in my mind. If I need the strength of a greater force to help guide me in making a decision, I will pray to the Lord to assist me in determining what I should do.
· What does The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn teach us about what it means to be human?
o The thing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn teaches us about what it means to be human is that humans make mistakes! As human beings, we are not perfect; nobody is. We will have regrets in life, and we will make decisions that we may want to change once we see what happens in result of that decision. For example, Huck feels superior to Jim early in the story, but later discovers that he was wrong.