Having attained freedom, Huck flees to the Mississippi River and to the nearby Jackson Island, setting himself up there. He watches a search party go by looking for what he presumes to be him. However, he soon finds that Jim, Miss Watson’s slave has run away and is on the island as well. Jim is startled by Huck’s sudden appearance, having ...
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Falling Action: Upon his arrival at the Phelps’ farm, Huck assumes the identity of Tom Sawyer and quickly falls back into his old societal patterns. When the actual Tom Sawyer arrives, Huck is quick to go back to following him like a lost puppy. The sense of “adventure,” brought on by his friend’s arrival takes his mind off of the actual dilemma: Jim’s freedom. Thankfully, after a failed escape attempt, Huck realizes that Tom is quite childish and he should not follow him.
Resolution: Tom reveals that Jim was freed in Miss Watson’s will upon her death, which is believed to have occurred shortly after Huck was kidnapped. It is also revealed that Pap died, leaving Huck an orphan with all of his money still in the bank. Huck, firmly believing that society offers nothing good for him, resolves that he will go West into “Injun Country.”
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