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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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9781593081577
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292pp
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"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the only one of Mark Twain's various books which can be called a masterpiece. I do not suggest that it is his only book of permanent interest; but it is the only one in which his genius is completely realized, and the only one which creates its own category." T. S. Eliot

Huckleberry Finn, rebel against school and church, casual inheritor of gold treasure, rafter of the Mississippi, and savior of Jim the runaway slave, is the archetypical American maverick.

Fleeing the respectable society that wants to "sivilize" him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing "there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."

As Huck learns about love,responsibility, and morality, the trip becomes a metaphoric voyage through his own soul, culminating in the glorious moment when he decides to "go to hell" rather than return Jim to slavery.

Mark Twain defined classic as "a book which people praise and don't read"; Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain's mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of the most loved and distinctly American classics ever written.

Nominated for a Grammy for his work as co-producer of the five-CD box set The Jazz Singers (1998), Robert O'Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University and Director of Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies. He is the principal writer of Seeing Jazz (1997), the catalogue for the Smithsonian's exhibit on jazz and literature, and the co-editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1996).

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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
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5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
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5.0

Huckleberry Finn

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Setting
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain is the story of a boy named Huckleberry Finn(Huck for short) who runs away from home and goes on a sort of odyssey along the Mississippi river, eventually ending up somewhere pretty far from where he started out. Along the way, he has some adventures and meets several interesting people. One of these people is an escaped slave named Jim, who accompanies him on his journey and serves as a practical voice of reason during some interesting times.
Characters
Jim is an interesting character with some pretty complex motivations and behaviours. He started off at the same place as Jim, at the widow’s house, although as a slave instead of a nephew. He actually has a wife and a child, and his plan is to make enough money to be able to buy them back and be with them again, which was the major reason for his leaving. Throughout the story, he sort of takes Huck under his wing and acts as a sort of fatherly presence almost, which Huck doesn’t really appreciate until closer to the end of the story.
Good Points
I really loved this book. It’s true to life, with very little frivolous content. I think it was a really amazing story that can be understood on various levels of complexity, that can be revisited over and over again. When I first read it, I read it more as just sort of a place to be visited, and I guess kind of a romp, but later on, I’ve been able to unpack of lot of complex themes in the story. One thing that really impressed me was the use of language. It really hit me the first time I read it, because Twain really didn’t do any sugarcoating. The usage of different southern dialects was very natural, and as far as I can tell, accurate.
Ending
The ending of the book really had some impact on me. It really kind of came full circle for me, as it called back to an earlier event that I really hadn’t thought a lot about. I actually had to think about it for a second, but when I did, it really did something for me. It could be described as, “poignant,” although I’m not really into pretentious words like that. It came to a resolution that left me thinking, but satisfied.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.5

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Setting
I would say this book took in and around the city that lays on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Petersburg, Missouri and a couple more states located in the northeast parts of American. As for what time period the events in this story occurred in I don’t know exactly but I would most likely guess that they occurred around the 1835’s because that’s a time period where they weren’t as strict as they were now on alcohol and also it was a time period where slavery did still exist. The setting also played a big part because we get to learn about how some states where during that time and we also get to know how it must have been for him because we can guess where and when he is doing things.
Characters
The main character of this story is, of course Huckleberry Finn or “Huck” who has a deadbeat drunk for a dad and he is also only 13 years old. He can be an outcast but he is just a boy who is very intelligent when it comes to survival and a couple of other things. Tom Sawyer is also a very important person because he is a very good friend of Huck’s and he is also everything that Huck isn’t. You also have Miss Watson and Widow Douglas who were the one’s who ended up adopting Huck and their house slave Jim who is most likely the most mature person in this whole book. Lastly, you have Huck’s amazing drunk father who doesn’t approve of education and beats Huck very frequently and can’t keep a family together, Pap.
Good Points
I personally enjoyed this story so I couldn’t really identify any bad points throughout reading it. A really good point is how Huck’s background is a major part of him and seems to stay with him throughout his journey. It also showed a kids life during the times of slavery and it shows how Huck has evolved/adapted to the difficulties and roadblocks in his life. The story was also somewhat connected to his previous novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and you could see how this novel lead up to this book.
Plot Summary
Huckleberry Finn learns how to read and have proper manners at Miss Watson's house while he is constantly harassed by his dad for money. He is now kidnapped by his father and escapes to Jackson Island by faking his death with pig blood. He meets up with Jim and they hide together while Mississippi floods and both of them are on the run and are afraid to get caught. Jim and Huck eventually reach the free states with the treasure money as well.(Ohio) Huck begins crushing on the Wilks sister and tries to impress them by planning to catch Duke and Dauphin but when doing so the dukes sell Jim to a local farm. That farm was none other than Tom Sawyers aunt and uncle, and so Tom and Huck start making a plan to get their friend Jim back.
Ending
The ending was quite satisfying because it was a happy ending and everything ended up to go along with Huck’s future and life.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG-13
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

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Setting
The story takes place in St.Petersburg,  Missouri along the Mississippi River. The setting plays an important role they use the river to escape from certain places and people.
Characters
The main characters are Huckleberry Finn (Huck), the narrator and a boy trying to escape his abusive father, Jim a slave who helps Huck down the Mississippi while trying to escape slavery, Tom Sawyer, Huck's civilized best friend.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG-13
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
2.5
Characters 
 
5.0

Huckleberry Finn

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Setting
This book takes place in the 1830's-1840's. A lot of the story happens along the Mississippi River. It shows a lot of places in the Southern U.S.
Characters
Huckleberry Finn- He is the narrator of the book. He is trying to escape formal society and helps Jim escape slavery.
Jim- He is trying to escape slavery and he meets up with Huck and travels up the river with him.
Tom Sawyer- He is Huck's friend. He is absolute opposite of Huck. He looks for adventure in everything he does.
Widow Douglas- She adopts Huck and is very strict. She tries to force her beliefs onto Huck and he doesn't like it.
Miss Watson- She adopts Huck with Widow Douglas. She is a lot more lenient and Huck likes her more than Widow Douglas.
Pap- Huck's father. He is a drunk, ugly, abusive racist southerner who Huck hates.
Good Points
I like when Jim and Huck first meet because it is the beginning of a great friendship.
Bad Points
I hated every part where there was a racist comment made because Black people don't deserve to be treated like that.
Plot Summary
Huck get's kidnapped by his father Pap because Pap wants Huck's $6000. Huck escapes on on the Mississippi River on a canoe where he meets Jim, a runaway slave. Jim and Huck travel down the river together trying to escape. Huck and Jim become best friends. They have a lot of adventures together, and in the end Huck views Jim sort of like a father. Huck and Jim both learn lessons throughout their time together.
Ending
It was a good ending and I really liked the book.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0

Huck Finn

I had to read this for english last year. It was hard to get into because of the dialect. But the story line was kinda cool if I could understand it.

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Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
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