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Posted November 4, 2006
Great American Classic
What do you get when you mix a boy who is kind and a prisoner that does anything he wants? Huckleberry Finn! This book is called The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, who is also famous for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book takes place around the early 1800¿s when Americans kept Africans enslaved to do anything a white might want. They had no free will unless they escaped to the North to where they would be free. Mark Twain includes the characters of Huckleberry Finn, a boy who has street smarts and wants to do the right thing but doesn¿t always do it Jim, a slave who is very superstitious and doesn¿t want any trouble but to free his family Tom Sawyer, a boy who does everything dramatically just like he read in all his adventure books and the Duke and the Dauphin, men who create schemes to get money quickly but are very temperamental and will do bad things. Huckleberry Finn runs away to the South with Jim, Tom Sawyer¿s slave, to free Jim¿s family but they encounter many perils while going down a raft on the Mississippi River. Huckleberry Finn runs away from his alcoholic father to New Orleans where there are relatives to take him in. Jim comes along telling Huckleberry Finn about all his troubles and why he needs to go with him down the Mississippi River. When Huckleberry Finn and Jim stop by a town, they find out that Jim is an official runaway slave. There is a reward for whoever catches him, making it more difficult to free Jim and his family. One day Huckleberry Finn walks around the woods looking for a town when a family named the Ganderfords (who have many battles with killing and dying that never ends) takes him in. The Ganderfords will not let Huckleberry Finn leave them. If only they knew that Huckleberry Finn is masterful at finding his way through the woods, maybe they would have let him go to the nearest town. Huckleberry Finn escapes the family after many struggles. Huckleberry Finn is worried about whether Jim has been captured. Huckleberry Finn finds Jim and runs into the Duke and the Dauphin, men who want to take custody of the raft. Little do they know about the Duke and Dauphin¿s troubles, and they will cause many more troubles for Huckleberry Finn and Jim. The Duke and Dauphin cleverly find out a man died and the long lost brother shall get an enormous inheritance. If the brother does not appear, the three daughters will. The Duke and the Dauphin ¿act¿ like the brother and minister from England to get the inheritance, but Huckleberry Finn has an idea to outsmart them. The Duke and the Dauphin don¿t get the money. In another town, Huckleberry Finn and the Duke and the Dauphin put on a show, but when Huckleberry Finn escapes and comes back to the raft, Jim is GONE!!! Huckleberry Finn searches throughout the forest and finds Jim at the house of Tom Sawyer¿s Aunt Sally. Tom Sawyer arrives and says there is a right way to get Jim out and they are going to follow it. Aunt Sally takes both of them in, letting them have a great amount of time to help Jim escape. After a long period of time Tom and Huck manage to help Jim to escape. But after escaping ¿the right way,¿ they get into a lot of trouble. Huckleberry Finn and Jim try starting their life over with family and friends all around them. They want to start over and get rid of masters and abusive parents. Huckleberry Finn and Jim get rid of their troubles by going south to start over, where nobody knows who they are. They didn¿t put up with their problems they got rid of them. From this book, you can learn that slavery was the worst thing this country did. We can¿t be harsh and sell people as if they were objects. That is wrong. My favorite part of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is when Jim is a prisoner who is escaping Tom Sawyer¿s way. Jim says, ¿I wouldn¿t be a prisoner again even if I was paid a salary.¿ This book taught me that things were a lot harder to do back then. It took them months to go down a river, but now we
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Posted April 9, 2000
A True American Masterpiece
Huck Finn is a wonderful book which takes me to my childhood when I was out for adventure. If you are in for excitement, adventure, and comedy, I strongly recommend Huckleberry Finn to any one. This is one of the very few books which I have been truly blessed to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2009
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