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 first, Huck Finn sees Jim as a slave, and even tries to gain command over him. But afterwards, he accepts him as a friend. The two decide to go downriver, in a raft, to Cairo – where the Mississippi meets the Ohio. Unfortunately though, they miss this destination in a fog.
Soon afterwards, Huck and Jim are forced to separate after a steam ferry runs over their raft, destroying it. They both dive into the water, swimming for safety. Huck Finn ends up on the shores, where he eventually is taken in by the Grangerfords – who are a well to do family. Unfortunately, the Grangerfords have a family feud with the Shephadsons – another family - and at one time, this feud escalates when two young members of the families run away together. The two families virtually wipe each other out in the fight that breaks out. Huck, homeless again, discovers Jim, who has been hiding in the bushes. Jim has mended the raft, and the two decide to continue downstream.
At one time, Huck Finn and Jim pick up two shysters, the “Dauphin” and the “Duke”. The two shysters operate in the towns along the river, cheating people and taking off with their money. Huck Finn and Jim become increasingly disgusted with the two, and they try to shake them off....