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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By, Mark Twain

Presentation about the episodic structure of the novel.

Catherine Lindsay

on 11 January 2013

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Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By, Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
By Mark Twain Section about living with Jim on the river boat. Talk about value of the river, Specific occurances on the river and why this was an important aspect iof the story/ why was it added? Life on the river Tom orchestrates a great adventure for Huck and him just like old times. They are on the "noble quest" to save Jim from slavery. In reality, Tom lies to Huck about the free status of Jim so that the two boys might go on another fabulous adventure of which Tom so loves being the ring leader. The Great Escape In a scam of momentous proportions duke and and The king impersonate a dead man's brothers in the hopes of claiming his fortune. While in the town that their "brother" had lived, Huck befriends the dead man's daughters and helps them save the fortune. In the end, the real brothers show up and duke and The king flee from town. Huck distinguishes himself as generally a morally straight person here. He is fed up with the antics of his con-men companions and wishes to do the right thing. Meet the Wilkes While cruising through town with the intention of scamming unsuspecting citizens, Huck and company cannot help but notice when a drunkard is shot for being irritating, and a subsequent mob is formed to prosecute the perpetrator, Colonel Sherburn. This becomes a scene about cowardice and hypocrisy when the Colonel is able to snuff out the calls for his lynching, by telling them that they are simply to cowardly to do the deed. They have convictions about justice, but will not act on them in the light of day. Arkansas Huck spends some time in the company of the Gtangerford family. A lovely bunch who happen to loathe a neighboring family, the Sheperdsons. They are both church-goin'/murderous clans who have no idea why they hate each other. While Huck is with them, the resentment escalates because a couple from different sides of the fight decide to elope. This entire experience demonstrates the destructiveness of ignorance, and longevity of hate. Family Feud Episodic Structure The events in the story that comprise the whole novel. All of Huck's "adventures" that make up his entire, complex story. "Now you're talking!" I says; "your head gets leveler and leveler all the time, Tom Sawyer," I says. "Picks is the thing, moral or no moral; and as for me I don't care shucks for the morality of it nohow. When I start in to steal a "n," or a watermelon, or a Sunday-school book, I ain't no ways particular how it's done so it's done. What I want is my "n;" or what I want is my watermelon; or what I want is my Sunday-school book; and if a pick's the handiest thing, that's the thing I'm a-going to dig that "n" or that watermelon or that Sunday-school book out with; and I don't give a dead rat what the authorities think about it nuther." pg 240 Huck says to Tom They decide to save Jim in the most complicated manner ever, so they plan to tunnel to where Jim is being kept, and free him. This starts the conversation about a pick. What comes out in this vignette is Huck's determination to do what is right by Jim. We also see the extent of Tom's fool heartiness as he leads Huck into needlessly distressing situations. 5 " Quick, Jim, it ain't no time for fooling around and moaning; there's a gang of murderers in yonder, and if we don't hunt up their boat and set her drifting down the river so these fellows can't get away from the wreck there's one of 'em going to be in a bad fix. Bit if we find their boat we can put all of 'em in a bad fix- for the sheriff 'll get 'em. Quick- hurry!" Life on the River "Quick, Jim, it ain't no time for fooling around and moaning; there's a gang of murderers in yonder, and if we don't hunt up their boat and set her drifting down the river so these fellows can't get away from the wreck there's one of 'em going to be in a bad fix. But if we find their boat we can pull all of 'em in a bad fix- for the sheriff' 'll get 'em. Quick- hurry!" While living on the river, Huck and Jim have one incident in particular, in which they come across a wrecked steamboat. On board, Huck finds three murderers. Huck makes the decision to stop their progress in killing their companion and ensure that they could not get away. This is his first real "adventure" which he goes looking for. Pg 79 1 "Well," says Buck, "a feud is this way: A man has a quarrel with another man, and kills him; then that other man's brother kills him; then the other brothers, on both sides, goes for one another; then the cousins chip in- and by and by everybody's killed off, and then there ain't no more feud. But it's kind of slow. and takes a long time." 2 "You didn't want to come. The average man don't like trouble and danger. You don't like trouble and danger. But if only half a man - like Buck Harrkness, there- shouts 'Lynch him! lynch him!' You're afraid to back down- afraid you'll be found out to be what you are- cowards- and so you raise a yell, and hang yourselves onto that half a-man's coattail, and come raging up hear, swearing what big things you're going to do." ...He goes onto explain why a mob is the "pitifullest thing out."

pg 147. Colonel Sherburn to mob in his yard. 3 "What is it duke?"
"That we better glide out of this before three in the morning, and clip it down the river with what we've got..."
"That made me feel pretty bad. About an hour or two ago it would 'a' been a little different, but now it made me feel bad and disappointed." Pg 175 Conversation between duke and Huck 4 Pg 111
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