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Huckleberry Finn River Project
Transcript of Huckleberry Finn River Project
Tennessee Cairo, Illinois Camp Meeting, Arkansas
(And Bogg's Shooting) Huck escapes to Jackson's Island. There he finds Jim, Ms. Watson's runaway negro. Together, they decide to go north and get Jim his freedom. Although conflicted at first about letting Jim free, he eventually gets to know Jim better through conversations they had. He learns about Jim's harsh life and his idea about people, slavery, and life. This change of ideas continue throughout the rest of the novel. Huck and Jim also scavenged an abandoned house with a dead person inside, arguing that it was OK to "borrow" since the family seemed to have left in a hurry. After dressing as a girl to find the latest news in town, Huck finds out that people were after Jim and he runs back and leave the island with Jim... After deciding to go to Cairo, Illinois, Huck and Jim get separated in a fog. Huck, thinking that it would be funny to play a practical joke on Jim, says that Jim has been asleep the whole time after reuniting. Jim is devastated by Huck's action because he was so worried about him. Here, Huck begins to realize that although Jim was a slave, he had feelings and was a human being as well. Even after Jim called him trash, Huck said that he felt so mean after doing so and even wanted to kiss Jim's foot in order to get him back. Huck becomes separated from Jim and is given shelter by the Grangerfords, a local family in Tennessee. There he learns about an ongoing feud between them and the Shepherdsons. He learns about deceased Emmeline Grangerford and how she would always write poetry about the deceased people in the area. Using his moral reasoning, he finds that it was unfair that no one wrote a poem about her death and decides to write one himself. He eventually finds it too hard and gives up. The climax between the two families came when Sophia Grangerford ran away with Harney Shepherdson. All the male Grangerfords die and Huck becomes devastated at Buck's death. However, he still pulls himself together and flees with Jim farther south. After allowing 2 "royal" (One is a "King" and the other a "Duke") con artists on their journey, Huck and Jim firmly believe that they are nothing but trouble. Huck even states that they are nothing but "rapscallions", but he didn't want trouble to arise. This represents that he was still very naive. Huck and Jim could at any time leave them and continue north, however, he still believes the moral good in people and decides to give in to whatever the con artists want to do. After deciding to scam a little camp meeting in Arkansas, Huck witnesses a murder of a drunken man named Boggs by Colonel Sherburn. Later, a crowd decides to go lynch the Colonel but the Colonel tells them a very strong speech. His defiant speech about the cowardice of "justice" in the south. He said the only lynching they were going to be doing is going to be in the dark, by men in masks (Reference to KKK?) The crowd disperses and Huck learns a thing or two about bravery and cowardice and how people who only follow will never do anything to lead. Peter Phan Wilk's Funeral, Arkansas After the con artists scam proved to be successful, they decide to skip town where they happened upon a family whose recently deceased father, Peter Wilks, was quite rich. The con artists, pretending to be the dead man's brothers from abroad, decide to scam the family for their inheritance money of $6,000. Huck's morals get tested here. He really likes Wilk's daughters and hated to see them scammed for money. So, he decides to steal the money and give it back. However, he almost gets caught and had to hide the money in the coffin of Peter Wilks. He eventually tells Mary Jane Wilks about the con artists and it just so happens that her real uncles decide to show up. The King and Duke manage to escape the town when they were distracted by the money in Peter's coffin. They meet up with a saddened Huck, who thought he had escaped them. Phelp's Farm, Arkansas Conclusion Huck's journey begins in the small town of St. Petersburg. He is very naive at first, even deciding to join Tom's gang of "robbers". His morals aren't very high either, questioning things that shouldn't be questioned, like going to school and religion. He spends his days with the Widow Douglas and Ms. Watson until his father shows up... Huck's dad forcefully takes custody of him and keeps him in a secluded cabin. Although he was beaten, he judged that life was better than before. However, one day, he finds a canoe and decides he's going to escape and go on a grand adventure. Huck's real journey down the Mississippi River begins here, although it was for his own reasons of leaving his Pap and the Widow Douglas. His sense of morals are still the same at this point. After escaping the crowd, the 4 skipped to another town where the "King" sold Jim for $40 to Silas and Sally Phelps. Outraged, Huck rejects the idea that he is stealing Ms. Watson's property and decides to free him, even saying "All right then, I'll go to hell!". This turning point is very important because it shows that even though Huck was still pretty young, he understood the life of another person is more important than wealth and property. Silas and Sally coincidentally are actually Tom Sawyer's aunt and uncle, so Huck decides to trick them into thinking he was Tom. Tom, however, later arrives and pretends to be his brother ,Sid. The King and Duke are later driven out of town due to the notification of their scams from the other towns. Tom decides to free Jim, but he says they have to do it according to the "book". He sets up an elaborate plan which would've worked if he hadn't been shot in the leg. After helping the doctor treat Tom, Jim is granted his freedom in Ms. Watson's will. Huck would return with all his money since his father was the dead man he and Jim found in the abandoned house. At the end of his story, Huck says Aunt Sally will probably adopt him and try to civilize him and he says he's been there before. This shows his transition back to the beginning of his morals. Although Huck may have started his journey as a naive little boy, it can be argued that he returned somewhat of a man. His journey throughout the story made him see that people, slavery, and life was very different than what he perceived them to be. He found that people aren't always what they try to be, slaves were ultimately people too, and life was different in many parts of America even if they were in the same state. Huck takes these principles and molds them into something that he believes was right, such as in the case of whether or not to free Jim.