Professor Victor Thompson
November 18, 2014
The Unfinished Ending to Huckleberry Finn
It has been an ongoing debate that has been surrounding The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for many years. Many writers consider Huckleberry Finn as one of the Great American Masterpieces. The world is completely captivated by the boyhood adventures of young Huck and Jim the slave. Readers seemed to enjoy this fictional tale of two of the most unlikely pair that are drifting down the river of the Mississippi in order to seek freedom for Jim. Even writer T.S. Elliot praises Twain’s Huckleberry Finn when he states, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the only one of Mark Twain’s various books which can be called a masterpiece,” (Eliot pg. 17). However critics complain that the ending Mark Twain created for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is somehow lacking or a complete utter mistake. When examining the ending to Huckleberry Finn, I feel that the ending is a mistake and lacking key details. Some issues I felt that plagued the ending of the novel were the injustice of Jim, ill uses of humor, and reintroduction of Tom Sawyer.
The ending to this great American novel seems to be unsuitable for such an adventures tale of Huckleberry Finn. Leo Marx wrote an article called, “Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling and Huckleberry Finn". Within the article Marx’s develops a thesis in which he explains why the ending to this great novel as a travesty and he even states, "jeopardizes the significance of the novel," (Marx pg. 337). One of the many issues that Marx’s highlights is that Tom is only freed by Miss Watson, which is within her will. The character of Miss Watson is considered a virtues and dignify women in the beginning of the no...
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...I felt that the novel was slightly weak and loses morals towards the end. Overall I feel that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is truly a great American novel.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. University of Virginia Library, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.
"A Life Lived in a Rapidly Changing World: Samuel L. Clemens‚ 1835-1910."Welcome to the Mark Twain House & Museum. THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE & MUSEUM, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.
Leo Marx, "Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn," American Scholar Vol. 22, No. 4 (AUTUMN, 1953); reprinted in Norton Critical Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 2nd ed. (New York: Norton, 1977) 336-349
Twain, Mark, and Robert G. O 'Meally. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2008. Print.
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