An Analysis of Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
I can always remember being younger when I just wanted to runaway. I would lay in bed and say "this place sucks, I just want to leave" In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, a young boy, Huck Finn, learns what life is like growing up in Missouri and his troublesome childhood leads him to runaway from home. Throughout the story Huck learns that in order to escape and run away from home, others need help running away too. Huck lies in order to keep Jim, Huck's companion, safe along the trip. 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 ...view middle of the document...
Huck and Jim decide to team up and escape together. Huck learns that Jim has run away because he may be sold to another ranch, being and slave or possibly being killed. "I hear ole missus tell de widder she gwyne to sell me to OrleansÉ" (p. 54). Floating down the river, Huck uses his lying skills to keep slave hunters away from Jim, " 'Well the five niggers run off tonight, is your man white or black?' ' He is white sir'". Huck lies are used as a survial tool for both Huck and Jim.
When Huck and Jim are on the raft they live a peaceful life, except they are unable to escape the evils of society from the outside world. In their route to freedom, they come upon a couple of con men, the duke and the dauphin. These two "scam artists" use their knowledge to make money for their own freedom, until they sell Jim to a ranch, to once again be a slave. Huck becomes very angry and wants to free Jim.
Huck once again lies his way through and gets to the ranch where Jim is. Huck decides to write a letter to Miss Watson, telling her about Jim and where he is; Huck changes his mind again. Ironically, the ranch where this particular scene is written, is the Phelps' ranch; Tom Sawyer's aunt and uncle; and Tom is one of Huck's friends. As Huck mingles his way around the ranch, he finds Tom, and they decide to set Jim free. In their attempt, Tom is shot in the leg. This causes much controversy, enough for Huck's aunt to come fix the problem. Once there, Tom reveals that Miss Watson had died and freed Jim in her will. Jim is now free, so Huck overcame his "lying problem" and travels west.
The Story of Huckleberry Finn is very moving and it is a well-written book for all ages. I enjoyed the book very much cause of the humor and the fact of "trying to survive." It took some time to adjust reading the slang terminology. There are many school districts across America that want to ban their children from reading Huckleberry Finn because of the unmoral values and the use of the "N" word. In my mind students who read this book will become better informed of their history and what teenage life was like in the 1800's.