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.
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.
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.
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.