He was as kind as he could be- you could feel that, you know, and so you had confidence. What is he up to anyway? It was a handsome lot of quality, I tell you. Lesson Summary The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains one of the most popular and controversial books ever written in the United States. From the first page, where Huck introduces himself, the author, and other various characters in the book smoothly, you are enraptured. Analysis The opening sentence of the novel notifies readers that Huck Finn is the narrator and will tell his story in his own words, in his own language and dialect complete with grammatical errors and misspellings , and from his own point of view.
Neither Balum nor Jim understands that their preacher was speaking figuratively, and that the hundred-fold riches promised to them as a reward for their generosity are spiritual riches of the kind that might get them into Heaven. The Mississippi River The Mississippi River could be Twain's third main character in this novel - it's ever-present, it's ever-changing, and it's ever-complicated. Pap -- Huck's father, the town drunk and ne'er-do-well. Huck finds the widow's story of Moses boring and unrelated to everyday life. Whoever heard of getting a prisoner loose in such an old-maidy way as that? I couldn't make anything out of that, so I put the paper in the book again, and when I got home and up stairs, there was Miss Sophia in her door waiting for me. Read about Read about Read about Read about Originally published September 2017. No, says I, I'd feel bad - I'd feel just the same way I do now.
But Huck isn't the only one whose self-image is a little inflated. Forget Tom Sawyer and his fence - the tale of a mischievous child from an abusive home escaping with a runaway slave capable of enlightening said-child's perspectives on freedom gets my vote. We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. He witnesses racism firsthand and knows it is wrong and yet deals with the moral dilemma of helping Jim, which he feared would be considered stealing. The illiterate Pap disapproves of Huck's education and beats him frequently. This is the second time we've seen the cross come up as an image outside the Church the first being the cross that a member of Tom's Gang would cut into their victims' chests.
He calls out, but the boys, afraid of being caught sneaking out at night, become extremely quiet. He meets a run away slave named Jim and the two undertake a series of adventures based on the Picaresque novel by Mark Twain. If anything happens, he ain't mixed up in it. He's a scamp, too, just of a different kind. Huck is helping Jim escape, and knows that Jim would have been sold away from his family.
If you consider the Mississippi in terms of symbolic value, you need to remember that it holds both good and bad qualities. While the story was one that was widely read, critics often didn't know what to think. There was another clan of aristocracy around there- five or six families- mostly of the name of Shepherdson. Aunt Polly -- Tom Sawyer's aunt and guardian and Sally Phelps's sister. Was this all Huck had? Miss Sophia she turned pale, but the color came back when she found the man warn't hurt.
The Shepherdsons and the Grangerfords used the same steamboat landing, which was about two mile above our house; so sometimes when I went up there with a lot of our folks I used to see a lot of the Shepherdsons there, on their fine horses. De fambly foun' it out, 'bout half an hour ago- maybe a little mo'- en' I tell you dey warn't no time los'. Then I raised a yell. Bob was the oldest, and Tom next. I judged that piece of paper meant that Miss Sophia was to meet Harney somewheres at halfpast two and run off; and I judged I ought to told her father about that paper and the curious way she acted, and then maybe he would a locked her up and this awful mess wouldn't ever happened. Pap is a wreck when he appears at the beginning of the novel, with disgusting, ghostlike white skin and tattered clothes.
I poked into the place a-ways, and come to a little open patch as big as a bedroom, all hung around with vines, and found a man laying there asleep- and by jings it was my old Jim! But he didn't git much chance to enjoy his luck, for inside of a week our folks laid him out. Dey's mighty good to me, dese niggers is, en whatever I wants 'm to do fur me, I doan' have to ast 'm twice, honey. Early in de mawnin' some er de niggers come along, gwyne to de fields, en dey tuck me en showed me dis place, whah de dogs can't track me on accounts o' de water, en dey brings me truck to eat every night, en tells me how you's a gitt'n along. He never done nothing to me. Mars Buck he loaded up his gun en 'lowed he's gwyne to fetch home a Shepherdson or bust. Farther on in the book, Twain again uses details to weave a bitter, sarcastic tone towards those who ignorantly follow others.
We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. That is, society tells him that helping Jim to freedom is wrong, and that he's a bad person for doing so. When Tom thinks about telling people that he knows where Jim is hiding, after he told Jim that he would never tell. They gained on the boys, but it didn't do no good, the boys had too good a start; they got to the wood-pile that was in front of my tree, and slipped in behind it, and so they had the bulge on the men again. Dey warn't gwyne to mix you up in it. For example when Jim means to say King Solomon he says King Solermon instead and when the men in the Arkansan village are refurring to chewing tobacco they call them chaws.