… lows Huck freedom, but he does it in a loving,
rather than an uncaring, fashion. Thus, early in
their relationship on Jackson’s Island, Huck says
to Jim on page 76, “This is nice. I wouldn’t want
to be nowhere else but here.” 5. Before the novel
begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute
freedom. His drunken and often missing father
never paid much attention to him; his mother was
dead and when the novel began, Huck was not used
to following any rules.
The book’s opening finds
Huck living with the Widow Douglas and her sister,
Miss Watson. Both women were fairly old and were
really somewhat incapable of raising a rebellious
boy like Huck Finn. Nevertheless, they attempt to
make Huck into what they believed would be a
better boy. As Huck said, they wanted to
“sivilize” him. Huck, who had never followed many
rules in his life, found the demands the women
placed upon him constraining and the life lonely.
As result, soon after he first moves in with them,
he ran away. He soon came back, but even though he
became somewhat comfortable with his new life as
the months go by, Huck never really enjoys the
life of manners, religion, and education that the
Widow and her sister imposed upon him.
believes he will find some freedom with Tom
Sawyer. Huck is eager to join Tom Sawyer’s Gang
because he feels that doing so will allow him to
escape the boring life he leads with the Widow
Douglas. Unfortunately, such an escape does not
occur. Tom Sawyer promises robbing stages,
murdering and ransoming people, kidnapping
beautiful women, but none of this happens. Huck
finds out too late that Tom’s adventures are
imaginary. Another person who tries to get Huck to
change is pap.
Pap’s appearance reflects his
feelings, as he demands that Huck quit school,
stops reading, and avoids church. Huck is able to
stay away from pap for a while, but pap kidnaps
Huck three or four months after Huck starts to
live with the Widow and takes him to a lonely
cabin deep in the Missouri woods. Here, Huck
enjoys the freedom that he had prior to the
beginning of the book. But Huck begins to become
dissatisfied with this life and Huck soon realizes
that he will have to escape from the cabin if he
wishes to remain alive. As a result of his
concern, Huck makes it appear as if he is killed
in the cabin while pap is away, and leaves to go
to a remote island in the Mississippi River,
Jackson’s Island. Then, his adventure down the
It is after he leaves his
father’s cabin that Huck joins yet another
important influence in his life: Miss Watson’s
slave, Jim. Soon after joining Jim on Jackson’s
Island, Huck begins to realize that Jim has more
talents and intelligence than Huck has been aware
of. The first encounter they came upon was the
island itself, in which they explored thoroughly.
From there, they reached their first problem,
which was trying to escape from Hucks father and
friends, and then travel to St. Petersburg. In St.
Petersburg, Huck disguises himself as a woman in
order to disguise his identity, but the woman he
meets soon realizes he is just a man in trouble.
From there, Huck and Jim lose the boat and travel
down the river until they come upon a wreck and
some fog, where Huck loses their raft once more.
The next big event was in Arkansaw when Huck and
Jim encounter a farmhouse. Soon, Huck goes up to
the house and enters it, only being greeted by a
Huck spends a few days their,
experiencing the feud between two families and
finally escapes one night to go back to Jim by the
river. Now, the two drift down the river once
more, only to find two men who were soon to be
their new companions: the duke and the king. All
four of them set out to different towns, conning
the townspeople into seeing ridiculous plays.
However, the duke and the king got away with it
and earned a great deal of money. While going
through one town, the town drunk, Boggs, came into
the picture and was shot by Colonel Sherburn. This
stirred up the town and the people confronted the
Colonel at his house, only to be turned away.
Towards the end of the novel, the four meet up
with a stranger who tells of a dead man, Peter
Wilks. This gives the duke and the king a great
idea to change their identity to a relative of Mr.
Wilks and con his family for money.
sister was persuaded and the king had the money in
his possession, until Huck took it and hid it.
Huck finally confessed to hiding the money and the
townsmen went to try to recover it. While doing
so, Huck escapes once more. Soon, Huck encounters
Tom Sawyers aunt, and Huck portrays to be Tom.
However, this only creates more problems. Jim is
captured and is held in a little hut, and Tom
comes to help Huck free him. Jim gets free after
days and days of hard work, but Tom gets shot and
Jim finds a doctor for him.
confesses to his aunt about the lie and Huck will
soon live with Toms aunt, whom he dislikes. One of
the main symbols in the novel was the Mississippi
River. It was a symbol from the start of Hucks
adventure until the end. What makes it a symbol is
that it was an opening for Hucks escape and gave
him the opportunity to explore the country and be
free. In other words, it was his course for
self-discovery and the source of danger, delight,
and meditation. Another symbol in the novel was
the fog in chapter fifteen.
Since Huck and Jim had
just begun their adventure, any obstacles that
they encounter will be treacherous for them. Well,
the fog was a symbol of one of these obstacles in
which Huck and Jim had to pass in order to
advance. However, it took patience and Huck really
had to dig down inside himself and stay calm or
else a disaster would have occurred. So this fog
symbolized a warning and there would be many more
warnings to come. The third symbol in the novel
was the feud between the two families in Arkansas:
the Grangerfords and the Shepherdson. During the
Civil War, the south was prominent for starting
many feuds with the federates as well as other
The south had often taken a feud from
several years ago and kept the feud alive. The two
families in this novel did the same. One family
killed a member of the other family, so the other
family killed a member of the first family in
order to get pay back. Eventually, the two went
back and forth, creating a feud, which symbolizes
how the Civil War had taken place. In The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story was told
through the eyes of Huck Finn, the main character
in the novel. Thus, the point of view was the 1st
person because Huck had narrated the story while
being a character in the novel.
novel, I had read the word I at least a thousand
times because that is all Huck talked about:
himself and what is happening around him. But that
is only normal because he cannot tell of other
things unless he sees them or hears about them, so
he can only say what happens in his own view.
There are countless quotes I can use to prove my
statement, but here are a couple that are said by
Huck as he narrates the story: I dont know how
long I was asleep, but all of a sudden there was
an awful scream and I was up. There was pap
looking wild, and skipping around every which way
and yelling about snakes. They went off and I got
aboard the raft, feeling bad and low, because I
knowed very well I had done wrong, and I see it
warnt no use for me to Bibliography:.