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Huckleberry Fin

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Introduction

Huckleberry Fin Huckleberry Finn warms the heart of the reader by placing an ignorant white boy by the name of Huckleberry Finn in some strange situations, having him tell his remarkable story the way it streams into his own eyes. Huckleberry Finn is nearly always confused on account of so many different kinds of people having such different impressions upon him; he turns to his own heart and intelligence for guidance. Huckleberry Finn has a heart of gold, and grows as a person throughout the story. Huckleberry Finn's setting jumps around to a number of different places. The beginning takes place in St. Petersburg, Missouri in around the 1840s, before the Civil War. Huckleberry lived in a very "sivilized" household; a rather prosperous one as well, with the Widow Douglas. It was a time of slavery, though throughout the entire novel there was very little said to put down African Americans. The characters in the book, as many as there were, were all created by twain to respect and acknowledge the decency in their slaves. There are two main characters in Huckleberry Finn: Huckleberry Finn, and Jim, a runaway slave. ...read more.

Middle

Huck makes great use of his mind and ponders every possible obstacle that comes his way. In most cases, that is what saves him from making the wrong decision, even if the wrong decision would be the easiest one to carry out. The main goal that Huck and Jim were striving for was freedom, and after Huck faked his own death, and Jim ran away from Mrs. Watson, they thought they were home free. Not so, because within the time span between setting off and achieving freedom, they had been "run through the mill", so to speak. Huck and Jim had been separated at least three times, and two of those by life-threatening situations. They had lost, and then recovered their raft. They had on many occasions come close to being discovered by robbers. Huck even lived with a strange family who was nice enough to take him in when he was separated from Jim and the raft. And when things just started to get better, and freedom was on the tip of Huck and Jim's tongues, the raft became inhabited with two con men. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Here was this nigger, which I had as good as helped to fun away, coming right out flat-footed and saying he would steal his children- children that belonged to a man I didn't even know; a man that hadn't even done me no harm." There is no wonder why Huckleberry Finn is one of the all-American stories. Huck and Jim went through enough adventures to last a lifetime, and it stays upon the reader more than just a regular science-fictional novel because it sets the tone of what things were really like. By the time of the books ending, Jim, Huck and Tom all learned a lot about humanity. Jim was willing to sacrifice his freedom to get Tom back to Aunt Sally's house to get medical attention for Tom's wounded leg. In times of desperate measures, Jim proved to be a great man. And that proved Huck's decision that he had done the right thing. In the end, when Jim achieves his freedom and Huck proclaims he is heading out west, I would like to think that Mark Twain did not mention Huck's gold back in St. Petersburg, because in the big scheme of things, money doesn't matter all that much. ...read more.

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