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Huck Finn Mapping Project
Transcript of Huck Finn Mapping Project
Judge Thatcher Central Missouri (St. Petersburg) Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer have obtained
a fortune; Widow Douglas, Miss Watson,
and Judge Thatcher attempt to civilize Huck;
Pap, Huck's father (who abandoned him) returns. After being open-minded and trying out what Miss Watson
is teaching him, that civilization is overrated; society and freedom cannot
coexist Should everyone follow societal norms/trends?
Is being civilized really as vital as society makes it seem? Man v. Society: Huck struggles with the idea of conformity "I don't take no stock in dead people." -Huck Finn The Attempted Civilization of Huckleberry Finn Key Path of Huck & Jim Important Locations/Setting Episode/Chapter Analysis Huck
Judge Thatcher Pap's cabin, central Missouri Pap seeks out Huck's fortune; when he
can't get his hands on it, he kidnaps Huck
and takes him to a cabin in the woods.
Huck fakes his own murder in order to escape,
and begins his journey down the Mississippi River. To look out for himself and
be independent; Pap's lack
of parenting has taught Huck
that he must learn to fend
for himself and keep his own
best interest in mind. Is freedom truly obtainable?
Do parents have the ultimate say in who we become, or is it up to us? Man v. Man: Huck struggles with his abusive father
Man v. Society: Huck breaks away from society in search of freedom A Murder & a Kidnapping "It was kind of lazy and jolly, laying off comfortable all day, smoking & fishing, and no books nor study." -Huck Huck
Judith Loftus Jackson's Island, Mississippi River Huck reaches Jackson's Island, where he
comes across Jim -- a slave of Miss Watson
who ran away to avoid being sold. Huck promises
not to turn Jim in. Huck and Jim find an empty
cabin with a naked dead man in it. Huck disguises
himself as Sarah Williams and meets Judith Loftus, who tells him that Jim is suspected of Huck's murder. That freedom may not come
as easily as he had hoped. Being faced with the decision to stay with Jim or turn him in,
Huck realizes that he may face certain struggles on his journey. Is Huck doing the right thing in helping Jim?
Is it better to distance oneself from society, or simply conform? Man v. Self: Huck must decide
whether or not he should stay
with Jim; Huck feels guilty that
Jim is suspected of his murder "I said I wouldn't, and I'll stick to it. People would call me a low down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum -- but that don't make no difference. I ain't agoing to tell, and I ain't agoing back there anyways." -Huck Huck
Jim Near St. Louis A nasty storm causes Jim and Huck to land
on a shipwreck where they encounter a group
of robbers; their raft breaks loose & floats away;
they steal a skiff to look for the raft. A harsh
fog causes Jim and Huck to get separated. Huck
tricks Jim into thinking it was a dream. To think about his actions;
Huck's and Jim's habit of
stealing in order to survive is beginning to really get to Huck; so does the lie he tells to Jim regarding the fog; he questions his own morality. The reader sees Huck gain wisdom in these chapters. What is the fog symbolic of in these chapters?
What do these chapters show about the differences in the thought processes of whites & blacks at the time? Man v. Self: Jim and Huck challenge their habit of stealing; Huck struggles with the lie he told Jim "Well, then, why ain't it natural and right for a Frenchman to talk different from us?" -Huck (displays
differences in thought processes of blacks & whites, in this case Jim & Huck) Jump into the Fog Freedom, Honesty, and Acceptance: Pick One Huck
Jim Tennessee Jim and Huck continue their search for
Cairo; Huck begins to feel guilty about
helping Jim in his quest for freedom. A steamboat
destroys the raft and Jim & Huck get separated.
Huck comes across the Grangerfords & Shepherdsons
and experiences part of the feud that they are involved in. Huck becomes friends with Buck, who dies -- Huck is devastated. To appreciate his freedom
despite its struggles; the
drama of society and family displayed in these chapters makes Huck realize that he is much better off on his own What famous feud is Mark Twain referencing in these chapters?
In what ways is Buck a foil to Huck? Man v. Man: The Grangerfords and Shepherdsons are involved in a family feud "We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft." -Huck Family Feud Huck
Duke Religious gathering in Arkansas Huck and Jim meet two crooks who claim to be a king and a duke. Jim is quick to believe that they are who they say they are, but Huck sees right through them. The king schemes & robs people at a religious gathering. That sometimes it is best to let bad people have their own way; after dealing with the con-men, Huck begins to understand that it is better to stay out of some things. In what way does Huck's experience with Pap prove to be beneficial in these chapters?
What is Twain attempting to convey by showing Jim's blind acceptance of the crooks' identities? Man v. Self: Huck must convince himself to stay out of the crooks' affairs rather than intervene; he struggles with which is the right decision "If I never learnt nothing else out of Pap, I learnt that the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way." -Huck Royal Pains Huck
Duke Arkansas The king and duke plan a bogus play for money; Sherburn shoots Boggs; the mob of townspeople threaten to lynch him but backs down when he stands up for himself; Huck goes to the circus. Man v. Society: Sherburn calls out human race for being cowardly What does Twain convey in regards to human nature?
What can we learn from Sherburn's monologue? That society puts on a facade (circus) "The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is--a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness."-Sherburn The king disguises Jim as a sick Arab and discover from a boy about the Wilks' funeral; The king and duke pose as Peter Wilks' brothers and are offered money. they are accused of fraud by the doctor, but are not discovered. Huck tries to foil their plans by hiding the money in the coffin and telling Mary Jane the truth. The money is found when the real brothers come. Both sets of brothers are asked what tattoo Peter has on his chest. They open the coffin to see and in the chaos, Huck tries to escape but the king and duke catch up with him. Both men fight as to who put the gold in the coffin to foil the other but the fight ends when the duke physically attacks him and makes him say he took it. Huck
Joanna Wilk's hometown in Arkansas That honesty is the best policy, and that swindling is a dangerous and immoral thing to participate in. What does the conversation between the king and the boy who tells him about the funeral foreshadow?
Is Huck ever in legitimate danger? Man v. Self: Huck doesn't know whether he should continue to go along with the con or tell the truth and escape the king and duke. "Well, if I ever struck anything like it, I'm a nigger. It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race."-Huck Desperate for money, The duke sells Jim for to Silas Phelps. Huck writes a letter to Miss Watson but tears it up and decides to steal Jim out of slavery. On his way to free Jim, Huck comes across the duke who lies to him, saying that Jim is a three-days trip away; Huck gets to the Phelps house and Silas' wife, Aunt Sally, assumes that Huck is Tom Sawyer, her nephew that she is expecting. Huck goes to tell Tom of his fake identity at the docks; Huck tells Tom and he agrees to help Jim escape; at the Phelps' farm, Tom poses as his own half brother, Sid. When Sally asks to go to the show -being the king and duke's - Silas tells them that "the runaway" said it was a con and not to go. Huck and Tom witness the king and duke being run out of town by an angry mob that night and Huck feels bad for them. Phelps' Farm Huck
Duke Aunt Sally
Tom Sawyer That sometimes there comes a point where you must intervene and do the right thing, no matter what your conscience tells you. Do the king and duke ever reflect on their decisions to mistreat others? Do they feel guilt?
Does Huck's belief that saving Jim is wrong make him a better person? Man v. Man: Huck is angry at the Duke for selling Jim and plans to reverse the duke's action of selling him by freeing him
Man v. Self: Huck doesn't know whether helping Jim escape is bad or good and finally decides that Jim is worth going to hell for. "I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself:
'All right, then, I'll GO to hell.'"-Huck Huck
Jim Tom comes up with an elaborate, impractical plan to free Jim. Huck goes along with it, though he knows that it is unreasonable. Jim also goes along with Tom's plan, despite the extra effort it requires. Silas plans to advertise Jim as a runaway slave and Tom sends Silas fake letters from a member of a gang saying he has "found religion" and plans to thwart their plan to come and steal Jim away. Fifteen men show up, ready to stop the alleged gang and do not notice Tom and Huck freeing Jim until Tom rips his pants on the fence. The men shoot at them and all three make it to the raft but Tom is hit in the leg. Huck goes to get the doctor after Jim tries to fix Tom's wound. Huck returns to the farm and the doctor comes back with a captured Jim and healed Tom. The doctor stops the men from killing Jim, explaining he risked his freedom to save Tom. Tom tells Aunt Sally that Miss Watson died two months ago and freed Jim in her will. Aunt Polly, Sally's sister arrives with the will as proof and reveals Huck and Tom's true identities. Jim tells Huck that the naked dead man in that cabin long ago was in fact Pap and that Huck still has his fortune. Huck finishes the novel by stating that Aunt Sally plans to adopt and "sivilize" him, so he plans on running away, once again. How is Tom a foil to Huck in this episode?
Why is it ironic that Huck plans to run away from Aunt Sally at the end of the novel? Death by Monologue Phelps' Farm Aunt Sally
Doctor "I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before."-Huck Man v. Society: Huck and Tom are trying to free Jim from the Phelps' and escape the fifteen armed men ready to kill anyone who come to free Jim. That Jim is a real person and that he is "white inside". Not-So-Royal Shenanigans To Hell and Back Free at Last John Vito Powell and Keri Klinges