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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a book written by Mark Twain in the late 19th Century. It is considered a timeless classic. It tells of a poor white boy running away from brutal parents, and of an intelligent African American man who attempting to escape from bondage and free his family from slavery, and it shows how these two men, Huck and Jim, very different individuals overcome their differences to a certain bonds of brotherhood and loyalty. Moreover, the book actually is a sequel to Mark Twain’s earlier work, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. The main character in this latter book is Huckleberry Finn, who used to be a helper to Tom Sawyer in the earlier novel. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is told in the perspective of Huckleberry, or “Huck” Finn. Huck Finn begins by explaining how he and Tom Sawyer had found a lot of treasure that they shared together in the earlier novel.

As the storyline begins, Huckleberry Finn is being hosted by a widow simply known as Widow Douglas, and her sister, Miss Watson. The two women try to civilize Huck Finn, but the boy resists these attempts. In actual fact, Huck Finn finds the lifestyle at Widow Douglas’ home a bit cramping, and he yearns for more adventures. At a certain stage, Huck’s dad, Pap Finn, shows up and takes Huck Finn to his own home. Pap’s appearance is mainly driven by the wealth that Huck Finn has, and he tries to control the boy. But Huck’s free spirit reasserts itself, and he frees from his dad by faking his own death. Huck goes to a nearby island called Jackson Island.

In Jackson Island, Huck meets a former slave called Jim. Jim had also run away from his former home when he discovered that he was about to be sold away. At...

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...omes more familiar with Jim’s humble nature, he develops affection for him, and actually regards him as a friend. The effect becomes most evident when the two boys actually scheme together on how to foil the plans of the two shysters, “The Dauphin” and “The Duke”.

Towards the end of the book, Jim has grown more accustomed to Huck’s wild nature, although he still retains his conservative nature. Jim’s moderate nature also shows up when he goes along with Tom Sawyer’s elaborate, but essentially nonsensical plan, to rescue him from bondage in Aunt Sally’s house. And when Tom finally reveals that he knew, all along that Jim was actually a free person, Jim doesn’t react aggressively. Instead, he accepts the forty dollars from Tom gratefully. Huck, on the other hand, retains his wild nature to the end, and even declares that he would go away and seek more adventures.
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