Dear- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is the sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”  It’s about Huckleberry Finn or (Huck for short), a young boy raised in poverty by his father, the town drunk.  Therefore, he doesn’t easily fit into society and understand morals and basic rules that most people would consider normal.  Due to his best friend, Tom Sawyer’s, insistence, Huck reluctantly agrees to live with the kind but disciplinary Widow Douglas.  She not only provides him with living accommodations, but also tries to educate him about manners, morals, religion, etc.  Huck can’t stand her attempts to “civilize” him and runs away from his “civilized torture” as well as his drunken and abusive father.  He travels down the Mississippi River on a raft with his friend, a runaway slave named Jim.  Huck, whilst enjoying his freedom, tends to make up his own rules as he goes on in his travels…

“Mornings, before daylight, I slipped into corn fields and borrowed a watermelon, or a mushmelon, or a punkin, or some new corn, or things of that kind. Pap always said it warn’t no harm to borrow things, if you was meaning to pay them back, sometime; but the widow said it warn’t anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.”

This quote is significant because it shows the fact that Huck is naïve with his father’s teachings, but still remembers the widow’s lessons, regardless of the fact that Huck supposedly regarded her words as bothersome.  In other words, it reveals more of Huck’s personality.  Since Huck is a misfit, he kind of likes to do his own thing and make up the rules to govern himself by. For example, after saying this quote, he and Jim decided to come up with a list of certain items that they are allowed to “borrow” so that they’re “in-between” the advice of his pap and the widow and neither right or wrong.  Huck’s dislike for too many unnecessary rules or being too controlled has so far carried on through the story, but it seems as though he hasn’t completely forgotten everything that the widow taught him during what he considered to be his uptight and prudish time in life.

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9 comments to Dear- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Ariel

    Hello~ I think your post about this book is really great (as always); you summarize them really well, nothing extra, nothing unimportant. But a few questions about this book: How old was he when he left the widow? He sounded really young from the quotation. And where’s his mother? Also, why did it say: “I slipped … or, … or, ” isn’t it past tense? How come it’s “or” then?
    Sorry, too many questions, but really good adjectives used in this post. Good Job! ^_^

  • Sanaa

    Thank You :) I think you bring up some good points about Huckleberry Finn. Huck is probably about 14 years old when he runs away from his life with the widow, you’re right that’s very young. I’m pretty sure the author never mentions anything about Huck’s mother so I’m assuming she passed away before Huck ever really knew her :( Yup, you’re right it is past tense. His use of “or” isn’t related to the tense, but is instead just used to list the different things he would “borrow” one morning or the other. Hope that answers your questions :)

    • Ariel

      Wow, you are such a nice author, thank you very much. Well done, very clearly answered my questions, nice structure! >_< Go Sanaa!!!

  • Alissa Yap

    It sound really interesting! Huck’s personality sounds complicated , but it’s also the reason why the book sound so interesting! =)

  • Sanaa

    Haha agreed, I definitely find Huck’s personality to be quite complicated (but not exactly in a bad way).

  • Mr. MacKnight

    Complicated? How?

  • Alissa Yap

    Well, to me his personality seems complicated because, Huck want to do thing his own way but at the same time, he still remembers what he keep in mind what he have be taught.

  • Mr. MacKnight

    Alissa, here’s another way to say it: Huck sometimes has to decide between what he has been taught about right and wrong, and what his conscience tells him is right or wrong. Is that what you mean? If so, aren’t we all complicated in that way?

  • Alissa Yap

    You’re right! that makes sense, i guess in a way we are all complicated! =)

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