This book picks up where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off. After Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn get to keep the treasure they've found, Huck Finn gets adopted by a widow who lives in their small town on the Mississippi River. She invests his money for him. This is going to prove a problem when his drunk father shows back up in town demanding his son and his son's money be turned over to him.
For a time, the bad "Pap" is going to keep Huck locked up in a cabin. When he goes on benders, he abuses the boy terribly. Finally Huck and a local slave boy, Jim, take it upon themselves to run away. They hope to make it all the way up north where Jim can be free.
This report prepared by Ann Gaines
In Mark Twain's classic Bildungsroman, Huck Finn, fleeing for his life from his drunken father, Pap, encounters the runaway slave, Jim, and the two become traveling companions. In their desperate quest for freedom, Huck comes to know, admire, respect, and love Jim as a fellow human being, rather than regarding him as just a slave. When he must decide between betraying Jim or (as he believes) consigning himself to eternal torment in hell, Huck opts for the latter course, showing the great nobility of his character. Now, if Huck and Jim can only survive Tom Sawyer's plan to liberate the captured Jim, all may end well, despite their many setbacks and the terrible lessons they have learned from the likes of the Duke and the Dauphin, the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons, and the other frauds and villains they have encountered on their raft trip together down the Mississippi River. This novel is a stinging indictment of man's inhumanity to man; at the same time, it is one of the most humorous books ever written.
This report prepared by Gary L. Pullman
Huck Finn is, in my opinion (and in Hemingway's also) the greatest novel written by an American. Its trenchant social analysis through the interaction of the persons in the story is breath-taking in its power to open a whole world, one thankfully now gone, where people viewed reality in an entirely different way than we do now. His examination of the Southern culture of Honor is also effective in opening to view the attitude that produced the four bloodiest years in our Nation's history. A masterpiece of masterpieces.
This report prepared by Kelly Whiting
A young renegade, Huck Finn, and a runaway slave, Jim, float down the Misshippippi on a raft, having all manner of adventures.
This report prepared by darragh o'donoghue