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Huck and Jim's journey down the Mississippi

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Bethany Godbolt

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Huck and Jim's journey down the Mississippi By:Bethany Godbolt
Setting: Pap's Cabin, Central Missouri. The cabin is hidden in the woods in a secluded area, that no one can find him in the story.
Episode three: Chapters 8-11
Characters: Huck, Jim, and Judith Loftus
Episode four: Chapters 12-15
Episode One:Chapters 1-4
The Widow's attempt to "civilize" Huck
Characters introduced:
Huck Finn,
Widow Douglas,
Tom Sawyer,
Pap Finn,
Jim Turner,
Miss Watson,
Judge Thatcher.
Setting: Central Missouri (St. Petersburg) Slavery is legal in the state of Missouri. Its about twenty years before the civil war and there seems to be no thoughts on changing their "civilized" ways.
Brief Plot overview: Huckleberry and his friend, Tom Sawyer find a robbers stash of gold; neglected by his bum father Pap, he is adopted by Widow Douglas. Herself, Miss Watson, Judge Thatcher all try to civilize Huck. He plans to run away because he does not want to be civilized, but stays in order to stay in the "Tom Sawyer Gang." Later, Huck finds his father footsteps in the snow, he knows that he is coming for him.
"The widow she cried over me, and called me a poor lost lamb, and she called me a lot of other names, too, but she never meant no harm by it."- Huck Finn (1)
Huck learns: Mrs. Watson and the Widow Douglas are wrong in trying to "civilize" him into what society thinks and says. He wants to runaway but society still has a hold on to him.
essential questions: Should everyone follow Society and their thoughts on life? Is being civilized as important as society makes it seem?
Conflict: Man vs. Society. Huck struggles with what society thinks and what he thinks is right and wrong.
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Kidnapping and death of Huck Finn
Characters: Huck, Pap and Judge Thatcher
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"He said he'd cowhide me till I was black and blue if I didn't raise some money for him. I borrowed three dollars from Judge Thatcher, and pap took it and got drunk, and went a-blowing around and cussing and whooping and carrying on;" -Huck (5:2)
Plot overview: Pap finds out about Huck's stash of cash that he he found with Tom Sawyer ;he kidnaps Huck and takes him back to his cabin in the woods. Huck refuses to stay there so he plots an escape by killing a pig to fake his murder and leaves to start a journey down the Mississippi river.
Huck learns: To be independent and look out for himself, regardless of paps bad parenting also to make his own decisions.
Essential questions: Should parents have a say so on how we should live our lives and what we should become? Can a person truly gain freedom?
Conflict: Man vs. Man. Huck struggles with Pap's bad parenting. Man vs. Society. Huck fakes his own death and escapes from society.
Huck finds his companion
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Plot overview: Jackson's island is where Huck and Jim meet. Jim is a runway slave from Miss Watson; escaped from being sold. Huck tells Jim he wont turn him in. They come across an abandoned cabin and find a dead man in it. Later Jim gets bit by a rattle snake and he is forced to go into town by Jim to figure out how to treat him; he disguises himself as a girl named Sarah Williams and meets Judith Loftus, who then tells him that Jim is being accused of Huck's "murder".
"Well, I warn't long making him understand I warn't dead. I was ever so glad to see Jim. I warn't lonesome now. I told him I warn't afraid of HIM telling the people where I was. I talked along, but he only set there and looked at me; never said nothing." -Huck (8:3)
Setting: Jackson's Island Mississippi River
Jackson's island today is no longer the three and half mile piece of land that it was. Floods and rain has brought it down to a series of three shorter islands.
Huck learns: Faced with the decision on whether or not to turn Jim in back or not is a struggle that Huck realizes that he will have to face on this journey. Freedom is not what Huck suspected it to be.
Essential questions: Why does Huck decide not to turn Jim in when he knows that is not what he has been taught? Is it better to go along with what society thinks is right?
Conflict: Man vs. Self. Huck has an internal conflict with himself on whether or not he should leave Jim and turn him in. Huck forms a feeling of guilt when he finds out that Jim is suspected for his fake murder.
Lost in the fog
Characters: Huck, Jim, and robbers
Plot overview: A bad storm leads Jim and Huck toward a shipwreck where robbers are. Huck overhears the robbers threatening to kill a third so that he won’t “tell. He runs and tells Jim that they have to cut loose the robbers boat so that they would not escape. Jim tells Huck that their raft has floated away. Since their raft has floated away they decided to steal a small boat to look for the raft. A thick fog comes and causes Huck and Jim to be separated. When Huck and Jim meet back up Huck plays a dirty trick on Jim telling him that they never got separated and he was only dreaming.
Setting: Near St Louis. St. Louis, the second-largest city in Missouri, Manufacturing is important to the city's economy, and its highly developed industries include automobiles, aircraft and space technology, metal fabrication, beer, steel making, chemicals, food processing, and storage and distribution.
Episode two: Chapters 5-7
conflict: Man vs. Self. Jim and Huck continue their stealing habits. Huck feels guilty with the lie and trick he played on Jim.
"Goodness gracious, is dat you, Huck? En you ain' dead—you ain' drownded—you's back agin? It's too good for true, honey, it's too good for true. Lemme look at you chile, lemme feel o' you. No, you ain' dead! you's back agin, 'live en soun', jis de same ole Huck—de same ole Huck, thanks to goodness!"- Jim (15:19)
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What Huck learns: Huck starts to think about how him and Jim have been stealing a lot, and lie that he told Jim about the fog. He questions his own morality and decisions.
essential questions: Does Huck's thoughts on morality reflect with societies thoughts ? In our own friendships, why do we promise to be loyal but are not ?
Episode Five: Chapters 16-18
Lets get ready to rumble!
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Characters: Jim,Huck, The Grangerfords and Shepardsons family
Setting: Tennessee. In Tennessee there are many rivers winding through it's cities and towns, mountains, and etc . The Tennessee river, approximately 652 miles long, starting from Knoxville, Tennessee to a city in Alabama, is the largest.
Plot summary: Jim and Huck continue to search for Cario. Huck begins to have an internal conflict with himself when he starts to think if what he is doing is wrong; helping Jim to freedom. The raft gets destroyed by a steamboat, and separates the two friends again. Huck meets the Grangerfords and the Shepardsons, and becomes apart of a conflict that the two families are in. He becomes friends with a boy named Buck; Buck dies and leaves Huck a wreck.
Conflict:Man vs. Man. The Grangerfords and the Shepardsons are in a physical conflict with one another, and brings Huck into it.
"Pooty soon I'll be a-shout'n' for joy, en I'll say, it's all on accounts o' Huck; I's a free man, en I couldn't ever ben free ef it hadn' ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won't ever forgit you, Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de ONLY fren' ole Jim's got now."- Jim (16:2)
What Huck learns: Huck learns to appreciate being free from Pap and Widow Douglas. The Families drama helps Huck realize that he likes it better off by him self.
Essential questions: Why would question himself on whether or not if he was doing the right thing when all he wanted to do was escape from society's standards and moral ways?
Episode Six: Chapters 19-20
Yes your majesty
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Characters: Huck, Jim, Duke, King
Setting: The raft is on the Mississippi River going halfway into Arkansas and then leads into a small town across the shore.
Plot overview: Huck and Jim meet two crooks who say they are a King and Duke. Jim believes them to what they say they are, but Huck finds them suspicious. The Duke and King get along the raft they decide to have Jim and Huck take them to a town so that they can make some money. The king makes up a false play and receives donations from the religious townspeople.
Conflict: Man vs. self. Huck is having an internal conflict with himself that is saying that he must stay out of trouble with the duke and king, because he knows that it will upset Jim. He struggles with making a decision.
Huck learns: That it is sometimes best for to let the bad people have their own way and to not intervene. He does not want to cause any trouble with the Duke and the King.
Essential questions: Is ignorance truly bliss? Or are somethings just left better unsaid?
"If 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 (19:5)
Episode Seven: Chapters 21-23
Encore, encore!
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Characters: Huck, Jim, Duke, King, Colonel Sherburn, Boggs
Setting: In a small town along the river in Arkansas.
Plot overview: The Duke and the King continue to practice for their "tragic" tale for the people. Jim, Huck, The King, and Duke visit a small town in Arkansas where the men just stand around and chew on tobacco. One night a drunken named Boggs, insults a Colonel. Colonel Sherburn gets offended and shoots Boggs. The townspeople try to find Sherburn to kill him but the he tells the people that they are cowards and they leave him alone. The duke performs a show at a circus but only a few people show up, he then prints a flyer that says no women and children are allowed to the play. He performs the show and the audience realizes that they have been cheated. The people seek for revenge with the King and Duke but they escape and take all the money. On the raft, Jim talks about his family and how he misses them especially his daughter.
Huck learns: That the Duke and the King are bad people and he begins to worry about him and Jim. He also learns that like a white man surprisingly Jim loves his family. This shows Huck that Jim is human just like him.
Conflict:Man vs Man because what the Duke and the King have been doing is starting to get to Huck and Jim.
Essential questions: Does the fact that someone has cheated, lied, stolen, etc take away their views on human nature? Can someones opinions from birth truly change or do they always keep them?
"The average man’s a coward. In the North he lets anybody walk over him that wants to, and goes home and prays for a humble spirit to bear it. In the South one man all by himself, has stopped a stage full of men in the daytime, and robbed the lot. Your newspapers call you a brave people so much that you think you are braver than any other people—whereas you’re just AS brave, and no braver." -Colonel Sherburn (22:1)
Episode eight: Chapters 24-30
Family blackmail
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Characters: Huck, Jim, Duke, King, and The Wilks family
Setting: Another town along the river (Wilk's hometown)
Plot overview: As they continue down the river, the Duke disguised Jim as a sick Arab. They stop by a small town and hear that a man named Peter Wilks has died and his brothers Harvey and William were called to come to the town to comfort the family and to collect 6,000 dollars that Peter left in the will. The Duke and King being such good actors, disguise themselves as the brothers and meet their nieces who are so happy to see them. Huck is angry with them and decides to steal the money and hide it in the coffin. The real brothers show up, the Duke and King flee and so do Jim and Huck.
Conflict: Man vs. Man. Huck finally stands up to the Duke and King when he steals the money and lies to them about where it was. Also when the Duke and King lie throughout the episode about them being Harvey and William Hilks.
What Huck learns: That honesty is the best policy, lying and stealing is not what he wants to be apart of anymore.
Essential questions: For what reasons do people lie? Is it better to live for yourself or for the better of society?
"—the poor girls, too; and every woman, nearly, went up to the girls, without saying a word, and kissed them, solemn, on the forehead, and then put their hand on their head, and looked up towards the sky, with the tears running down, and then busted out and went off sobbing and swabbing, and give the next woman a show. I never see anything so disgusting."-Huck (25:1)
Episode Nine: Chapters 31-33
Where's Jim?
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Characters: Huck,Jim, Duke, King,Tom Sawyer and the Phelps family.
Setting: Pikesville, Colombia. Phelps farm is a small town where the Phelps live.
Plot overview: After they escape from the Wilks town, the duke and king have no more luck in making money. They again stop at a little town, where they soon get into a fight. Huck escapes from it but cannot seem to find Jim after. He later finds out that the King and Duke stole Jim to sell to the Phelps. Huck then decides that he has to save Jim, so he disguises himself as his friend Tom Sawyer, which is the Phelps nephew. He asks Tom to help him rescue Jim, and Tom portrays himself as his own half brother, named Sid.
Conflict: Huck has an internal conflict with himself when he has to choose on whether or not he should free Jim. Even though Jim has become his friend, he still feels like he is doing something wrong because this is not what he raised to do.
What Huck learns: Huck learns that sometimes no matter what you were raised to do is "right" you must follow your own mind, and being willing to break societies rules.
Essential questions: What do you think is a person's limit on helping a friend? How much is a true relationship valued in life?
It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. 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"—and tore it up.- Huck (31:3)
Episode Ten:Chapters 34-43
Free at last
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Characters:Huck,Jim, Tom Sawyer and the Phelps family
Setting: Phelps farm, where the Phelps live.
plot overview: Tom and Huck think of a plan to free Jim. Huck's plan is to free him in the middle of the night, but Tom wants to do it in style instead. He makes the plan complicated by having Jim write messages on tin plates, try to train rats, etc. After the town hears about the planned escape, they come searching for the "slave stealers; Jim, Huck, and Tom runaway. Sadly Tom gets shot in the leg. While trying to treat Tom at the house he tells them that Mrs.Watson has been dead for two months and Jim is free. Aunt Sally tells Huck that she wants to adopt him and civilize him but Huck does not like that idea and decides that he is going to run away West.
Conflict:Man vs. Man. Tom and Huck are going against the townspeople by freeing Jim. Also there is a Man vs. Society conflict when Aunt Sally wants to civilize Huck, but he refuses what society would want him to be.
What Huck learns: At the end of the story Huck changes back to who he was at the beginning because he refuses still to conform to societies views on morality.
Essential questions:Why does Huck follow Jim unconditionally regardless of what society has taught him?
"But 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 (43:1)
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