After successfully escaping, Huck seeks knowledge on what events have transpired in his absence. He dresses as a girl and meets Mrs. Judith Loftus, who informs him that he is presumed dead and Jim is missing. • Huck and Jim head up the river towards Cairo, where they will move the raft onto the Ohio River and head north. Unfortunately, a thick fog forms over the river and they miss the mouth of the river. They continue south down the river and are confronted by men hunting slaves who have escaped.
After finding out that the men of the town are searching for Jim, the two load up on a raft and sail down the river. Huck’s life has changed very drastically through these course of events. When he was living in town he learned manners, and how to be civilized. Now he is floating peacefully down the Mississippi River without a care in the world. For Jim, life on the river is always threatening.
1. Summary of the Novel Mark Twain’s 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is the story of a young boy, Huckleberry Finn, who lives in St. Petersburg, Missouri, along the banks of the Mississippi River, and essentially desires to become his own person and live the way he wants. In the beginning of the story, Huck is being “sivilised” (Twain 1) by a widow named Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Huck feels restricted by the manners, schooling, and overall “righteousness” he is being fed. To combat this, he often sneaks out with friends (one of which is Tom Sawyer) to partake in “robbery” (even though the gang never actually commits unlawful crime).
In this novel, Twain uses the Mississippi river as a symbol of freedom for both Huck and Jim. Huck was raised in a different way, much different from his friends. Huck's father was a drunk and his mother passed away. For a while Huck had the life of doing whatever he wanted. Huck becomes very sheltered because he moves in with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas.
The Adventures of Huck Finn CHARACTER: Character Name Description Quote Huckleberry Finn A young outcast boy who is always forced to survive on his own due to lack of authority. He is quick-witted and able to make intelligent decisions, but is often influenced by his friend Tom. Jim A black slave that belonged to Miss Watson but escaped after she threatened to sell him. Huck and him went off together on the river looking for the free states. The king & the duke Fugitives that joined up with Huck and Jim on the raft.
Gatsby comes upon Dan Cody, a “drunken yachtsman” (Lukens 44) who dies and leaves Gatsby an enormous amount of money. The now wealthy Gatsby then enlists in the army and meets Miss Daisy Faye. Gatsby was poor when he was growing up. He wanted to remake himself using power and wealth to erase the poverty of his past. Margaret Lukens in her article Gatsby as a Drowned Sailor states, that Jay Gatsby at seventeen years old was named Jay Gatz and he had to borrow a rowboat in order to help a man named Dan Cody (44).
Huck is forced to adapt to Widow Douglass’ civilized lifestyle, but he perceives it as “rough living… when [he] couldn’t stand it no longer, [he] lit out… and was free and satisfied” (1). The struggle within the confines of both the Widow and his father are the reason he flees to the island. While the Widow sent him to school and taught him religion, Pap was a major threat to Huck’s security and he knew how to cleverly escape it. By playing a trick on his drunk, sleeping father in the shed, “Pretty soon [he] made it out” (41). He took a canoe downstream and once he arose, “there was Jackson Island” (42).
3. Huck and Jim cannot escape the steamboat because there were drunk men in their way. 4.The steamboat sinks 5.Huck gets his information about dukes and kings from books. Chapters 15-16 Identifying Facts 1. Huck and Jim’s plan to reach safe territory was to sell the raft and get on a steamboat and go to the free states.
Huckleberry goes to various towns that lie close by the Mississippi River. Mark Twain stated that the book is supposed to happen about fifty years before the publication of the Civil War which stood between 1835 until 1845. Jim is a runaway slave who ran away from Miss Watson the same night that Huckleberry staged his death because of that he’s blamed for Huckleberrys’ death in St. Petersburg and there’s put a reward on his head. Huckleberry meets Jim hiding on Jackson’s island in the middle of the Mississippi river and they become each others companion through their adventures. Jim is a father of two and has a wife who has been separated from for long and that is his most vital reason for running away from Ms. Watson.
The two runaways team up and Jim explains to Huck that he ran away because he overheard Widow Douglas telling her sister that she was going to sell Jim to a plantation in New Orleans. Huck promises to not tell anyone that he ran away but is nervous about helping an escaped slave. After a big storm the river floods and Jim and Huck find a floating house and raft and decide to loot the house and take the raft. Inside the house Jim finds a dead man but decides to keep the identity of the man a secret from Huck. Huck disguises himself as a girl and goes to the mainland for information and learns that the townspeople think that Jim is hiding on Jackson Island.