The Adventure Of Huck Finn Essay

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Huckleberry Finn Review Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adventurous, bildungsroman novel shadowing the maturation and development of a boy named Huck Finn. The novel was first published by Charles L. Webster & Co in 1884 and is now respected as a classic. The work is a sort of continuation from Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and so the reader is usually already acquainted with Huck’s life and character. Huck’s story begins with his adoption by the Widow Douglas, a very sweet but oppressive woman who wants nothing more than to improve Huck as a person. While grappling with society’s attempts to civilize him, Huck is harassed by his drunken father who has come back for Huck’s trust money. His father kidnaps him and brings him to a cabin across the river where he beats him frequently. Fed up, Huck fakes his own death, escapes to Jackson Island and embarks on a journey with a runaway slave named Jim who belongs to Huck’s snobbish adoptive aunt, Miss Wilson. Huck and Jim encounter con artists, robbers, and numerous other evils of the world while they strive to keep Jim from being recaptured. Tom Sawyer, Huck’s wildly imaginative best friend, attempts to help Huck rescue Jim when he is enchained and being held at the Phelps family’s farm by Tom’s Aunt and Uncle. In the end, Jim is emancipated from slavery when Miss Wilson dies and frees him in her will. Tom recovers from a gunshot wound. Huck resolves to travel west when he says, “But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before” (Twain 293). He determines that he can no longer handle cultured humanity. I absolutely enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I essentially liked it a great deal more than Tom Sawyer because it is a more profound and more
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