Book Analysis: An Analysis Of 'Huckleberry Finn'

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Chapter One Response-
Huckleberry Finn’s character is seemingly uneducated and informal considering his lingo and speech, however, in the manner he challenges ideas and considers his own conclusions suggests that he is thoughtful and intelligent; the instance that he learned to read testifies to this. In this particular chapter, it is noted that Huckleberry would prefer to go to hell, as opposed to heaven, for the mere fact that his dear friend Tom Sawyer was thought to end up there. This shows that Huckleberry is more concerned with engaging and associating with his friend than considering the consequences of being damned. He argues that being damned is a price worthy of not being lonely. This suggests that he values companionship and togetherness.
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He is clever in the execution of his schemes, and all the while shows signs of useful knowledge about the world and everyday life lessons that are not learned from reading a book.

Chapter Eight Response- I first found it interesting that no one bothered to look for Huckleberry Finn, as he hasn’t been attending school and hasn’t been spotted; yet, Huck’s father has been seen around town drunk. I found it enraging that efforts were made to find the boy in a much swifter fashion when he was presumed dead and their assistance would be no longer a use in bettering and aiding in the boys abusive and unfit home life. Big Jim and the other local slaves seem to believe deeply in superstitious beliefs and practices, such as witchcraft and ghosts. The local white population also had their own superstitious beliefs about quicksilver, cannon balls and dead bodies. Huck interacts with Jim in an equal manner and views him as a friend and companion, not as a lesser. Huck kindly shares, looks out for him and views Jim as the person he is and not by the color of his skin or where he was born. However, Huck still regards his personal image and does not prefer to be associated with abolitionists due to the hate and harassment that they
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It is seen that the boys continually are adding to their cave/ makeshift house, symbolizing the growing of their friendship and their fondness of each other. I believe that the book is arguing, once again, the value of relationships. It is an example that in their society, a slave should be the last person to have a loving friendship with, and a father-son relationship should be highly valued. Ironically, Huck’s relationship with Jim is increasingly safer, healthier and more loving then Huck’s relationship with his own father.

Chapter Ten Response- Huck and Jim’s relationship growing and flourishing. Jim is patient and kind with Huck, and in return Huck does not discriminate or show racial hatred toward Jim, despite what Huck has been taught culturally and locally about slaves and African Americans. Jim is an improvement and monumental step up in terms of the influence that he has on Huck in comparison to Huck’s father. Jim looks out for Huckleberry Finn and the two provide companionship and trust for each other. Huck was never appreciated by the widow or his father for his works. Jim takes part in Huck’s accomplishments and is more interactive and supportive than any other adult figure has been in his life. Jim portrays a father figure more accurately than Huckleberry Finn’s blood related Father. They may be blood related, but in terms of what healthy relationships should
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