The adventures of Huckleberry Finn


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Summary:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains a story about a care-free, little boy named Huck Finn. Huck is constantly living in different places and hasn't really found a place where he can call home. At first, he lives with Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. These two woman are constantly trying to conform Huck into a civilized person. They make him pray, wear nice clothing, and go to school. Huck does not prefer this way of life. While at the Widow Douglas's house, he sneaks out and carries on with his friend named Tom Sawyer. Tom Sawyer is a little kid with quite the imagination. He reads books about pirates and robbers and all of his friends look to him as the leader. One thing that Huck realizes about Tom is that all he has is imagination; he doesn't make his ideas reality. This is a huge difference between Tom and Huck. After a little while, Huck's Pap comes into town. Pap, a drunken abuser, decides he wants custody of Huck. Pap is less than impressed with Huck's new civilized life and doesn't approve. Pap wants Huck to end up just like him. So Pap kidnaps Huck and takes him to the forest. Huck feels more free in this environment but can't stand the beatings from Pap any longer. Huck then fakes his death and runs away to Jackson's Island. Everyone thinks that Huck, Pap, or Jim, Miss Watson's slave, could be possible suspects. Jim and Pap both mysteriously disappeared after the night of Huck's death. Huck, at Jackson's Island, is in charge of himself. He makes himself food and cares for himself, but one day he finds Jim! Jim and Huck team up and watch out for each other. Together they endure many adventures. This all occurs in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Likes:

The character of Huck. He is a care-free little kid just looking for a place that he can call and feel like home.
The character of Tom. He is a dreamer with a huge imagination. He acts tough but really means well.
Throughout the book Huck gains more respect for Jim.
The use of imagery and other figurative language.

Dislikes:

Pap being so mean and hurtful to Huck.
The dialect. At times it can get really confusing and almost can't understand what they're trying to say.
Early in the book, when Huck and Tom fool Jim. I felt really bad for Jim because he didn't do anything to deserve being tricked.

What can we learn from reading this book?

We can learn what freedom means to each of us and where we feel the most free. Huck felt free in the forest where he could run wild and be true to himself. Huck was forced to adapt to his surroundings. He couldn't ever be himself unless he was in a place where he felt free. We can learn to always be ourselves and not let anybody tell us it's wrong or we should change.
Essential Questions:

What role does society play in shaping who we are?
Society plays a huge role in shaping who we are. If you were born on a form in a little part of Lancaster you'll act differently than you would if you were born in a big city in New York City. You have to adapt to your surroundings in some ways. Society also tells us what is wrong and what is right. Some side with society and follow the rules. Some go against society and break the rules.

What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom means you being yourself and doing what you want without anyone telling you that you can't. Also, you saying what you want without any penalty or cost.

How do you go about making important desicions?

Personally, I'm very indecisive. It takes me a while to decide on the smallest things. So when I have to make a big desicion I ask other people for their imput and I make a very detailed Pro and Con list. I think very long and very carefully about what I'm going to do.

What does Huck Finn tach us about what it means to be human?

Huck Finn teaches us that everyone has struggles in your life that they must overcome. Huck endured many struggles and he overcame most of them and always kept going. No matter what you go through you can always get through it!