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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mapping Project

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Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mapping Project

Episode One Ch. 1-4 Huck's Struggle "All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was change, I warn't particular." Characters in Episode One: Huck, Miss Watson, Jim, Pap, Widow Douglas, Tom Sawyer, Judge Thatcher Setting: Hannibal, Missouri, which is your typical 19th century small town. Located on the Mississippi River. Plot Summary: The audience is introduced to Huck and given a little background on how he and Tom had obtained $6,000 apiece. Huck joins Tom's robber gang. Huck hears news that Pap has been killed, but then is given reason to believe that he is alive and searching for his money. Conflict: The conflict in this episode is internal and Man vs. Society. We see that Huck is struggling with his forced integration into "civilization". The Widow Douglas and Miss Watson are the one's trying to "civilize" Huck while Pap threatens Huck with beatings if he doesn't stop going to school. Entrance to the Episode: Huck gives the readers some background on himself. He is frustrated with his position with the Widow and Miss Watson
Exit of the Episode: Huck leaves this episode somewhat concerned over the confrontation he has with Pap. He has learned that he will have to face his struggles with Pap.
Essential Questions: 1. Does Huck care about his father despite their rough relationship?
2. What is more important: society's expectations or personal needs?
Satire: Twain is satirizing the reformer mindset through Miss. Watson and the Widow Douglas Episode Two Ch. 5-7 Pap Strikes Again "He kept me with him all the time, and I never got a chance to run off." Characters in Episode 2: Huck, Pap, Judge Thatcher
Setting: Pap's Cabin on the Illinois shore 3 miles up the river from Hannibal
Plot Summary: Huck continues to be harassed by Pap for going to school. Eventually Pap kidnaps Huck and takes him off to a cabin in the backwoods. Huck spends some time there until he plans a way to escape. Huck eventually stages his own murder and escapes in a canoe to Jackson Island.
Conflict: Man vs. Man, Huck is struggling with Pap physically when he is drunk, but also mentally as he attempts to escape.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck meets his Pap in his room unexpectedly.
Exit from the Episode: Huck escapes from Pap's cabin to Jackson's Island
Essential Questions: 1. What makes Pap so rebellious?
2. How does Huck go about making his decisions?
Satire: Once again Twain satirizes the reformer mindset with the judge who attempts to reform Pap Episode 3 Ch. 8-11 The Dynamic Duo Begins "I set there behind a clump of bushes in about six foot of him, and kept my eyes on him steady." Characters in Episode 3: Huck, Jim, Mrs. Judith Loftus
Setting: Jackson's Island, and Mrs. Loftus' house
Plot Summary: Huck arrives at Jackson's Island and runs into Miss Watson's runaway slave Jim. They become friends and hide in a cave to stay out of a storm. Following the storm they find a house floating down the river and inspect it, finding a dead body inside. Jim gets bit by a snake and is ill for a few days. Huck goes ashore to get information and winds up at Judith Loftus' cabin. Huck finds out that Jim is being hunted so they set off down the river.
Conflict: Man vs. Self: Huck struggles with whether or not he should return Jim to Ms. Watson.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck has just arrived at Jackson's Island after staging his own death.
Exit from the Episode: Huck and Jim leave Jackson's Island after finding that men will likely come searching for Jim soon.
Essential Questions: 1. What does freedom mean to Huck?
2. What does freedom mean to Jim?
Satire: None Episode 4: Ch. 12-15 The Journey Begins "I see it warn't no use wasting words- you can't learn a slave to argue. So I quit" Characters in this Episode: Huck and Jim
Setting: On Jim and Huck's raft on the Mississippi River. They pass St. Louis in Chapter 12. They also board the wrecked steamboat the "Walter Scott".
Plot Overview: Huck and Jim leave Jackson's Island and drift down the Mississippi until they come upon a wrecked steamboat. They board the boat and find a couple of robbers on board. They escape the ship on the robbers' boat. Huck and Jim are later separated by a thick fog and then reunited. Huck tries to trick Jim into thinking it was a dream but ends up hurting Jim's feelings.
Conflict: Man vs Self: Huck deals with guilt from the apparent deaths of the two robbers and from lying to Jim.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck and Jim have just left Jackson's Island and are drifting down the river towards Cairo.
Exit from the Episode: Huck feels guilty after lying to Jim about the fog incident. He realizes that Jim has feelings and cares for Huck.
Essential Questions: 1. Why is it so hard for Huck to apologize to Jim?
2. Should Huck feel guilty about the deaths of the robbers?
Satire: Twain seems to poke fun at religious people over Huck and Jim's argument over King Solomon Episode 5 Ch. 16-18 The Family Feud "It was a mighty nice family, and a mighty nice house, too Characters in the Episode: Huck, Jim, The Shephardsons, The Grangerfords
Setting: Far western Kentucky along the Mississippi River shore at the Grangerford's house
Plot Overview: Jim shares his plans with Huck and Huck initially plans to turn Jim in. Huck then feels guilty after Jim tells him that he is the only white person who ever kept a promise to him. They run into a steamboat and destroy a raft. Huck meets the Grangerford's assumes the alias of George Jackson. Huck finds out about the feud. Huck is shown to Jim by one of the Grangerford's slaves. Buck, one of Huck's new friends, gets killed in a shootout. Jim and Huck leave on their raft that Jim recovered.
Conflict: Man vs. Self: Huck struggles with himself over several issues. He feel's guilt over whether or not to turn Jim in. He also is traumatized over the death of Buck.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck and Jim have just exited from the fog and Huck has apologized to Jim for lying.
Exit from the Episode: Huck and Jim are fleeing the battle with the Shephardson's and Grangerford's. Huck is traumatized from Buck's death
Essential Questions: 1. To what extent does Buck's death affect Huck?
2. Why is Huck so torn about whether or not to turn Jim in?
Satire: Twain is satirizing people who fight through the feud Episode 6 Ch. 19-20 The Royal Run-In "It didn't take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn't no kings or dukes at all." Characters Involved in the Episode: Huck, Jim, The Duke, and The King
Setting: The Mississippi River and the Revival Meeting at Parkville
Plot Overview: After Jim and Huck leave the Grangerford's they come upon two men fleeing an angry mob. They take the two men aboard, who claim to be a duke and the lost king of France. They travel around committing various frauds, highlighted by their scam at the revival meeting at Parkville.
Conflict: Man vs. Self: Huck considers the tastelessness of the acts of the Duke and the King.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck and Jim have just fled the Grangerford's house following the shootout.
Exit from the Episode: Huck and Jim now have the Duke and the King with them. Huck knows that they aren't really dukes or kings but that they are just frauds.
Essential Questions: 1. What human trait could Twain be showing through the Duke and the King?
2. Has Huck fully recovered from Buck's death yet?
Satire: Twain mocks the attitude of the religious in this episode with their eagerness to help the Duke and the King save pirate souls. He portrays the religious as gullible. Episode 7 Ch. 21-23 The Royalty Join the Theater "Well, that night we had our show, but there warn't only about twelve people there..." Characters in the Episode: Huck, Jim, The Duke, The King, Sherburn, Boggs
Setting: An extremely deplorable and drab town in Arkansas
Plot Overview: Huck and Jim, along with the Duke and the King travel to a small town in southern Arkansas to put on their Shakespeare play. In the process, Huck witnesses a drunk killed in the streets by a man named Sherburn, who is attempted to be lynched a mob, but the mob fails. The Duke and King put on their skit, which turns out to be a scam, and escape the enraged townspeople. Jim struggles with separation from his family.
Conflict: Man vs. Man: The Duke and King anger the townspeople while Sherburn and Boggs have their incident. Man vs. Self: Jim struggles with sadness from missing his family.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck enters this episode following the the Duke and King's scam at the revival.
Exit from the Episode: Huck leaves this episode after talking to Jim about his grief over his family. He begins to learn that Jim has emotions much like all other people. He also is becoming more surprised by the cruel actions of the Duke and the King.
Essential Questions: 1.Does the fact that Jim misses his family demonstrate something Twain may be trying to get across?
2. How are the Duke and King able to pull off such cruel scams?
Satire: Twain is satirizing the lifestyle of the people in the Arkansas town. Episode 8 Ch.24-30 The Greatest Scam of Them All "It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race." Characters in the Episode: Huck, Jim, Duke, King, Mary Jane Wilks, Joanna Wilks, Susan Wilks, Dr. Robertson
Setting: The Wilks' Hometown in Arkansas
Plot Overview: As the Duke and King are scheming to scam another town they learn of the death of Peter Wilks and plot to take his inheritance. They go and attempt to fool Wilks' nieces into thinking that they are their uncles so that they can take the money. They succeed at first. Huck begins to feel guilty over the issue so he tells Mary Jane the truth about the frauds. The King and Duke are later exposed as frauds when the real uncles show up and the body of Peter Wilks is dug up. Jim and Huck escape in the confusion, but the Duke and King later make it back to the raft. The Duke and King are angry at Huck and Jim for leaving them behind, but eventually make peace.
Conflict: Man vs. Self: Huck struggles with his conscience over the cruelty of the Duke and King's plans.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck enters the episode following the scam at the theater.
Exit from the Episode: Huck leaves the episode thankful that he kept the money out of the hands of the Duke and King, but also unhappy because they found the raft and must continue to endure them.
Essential Questions: 1. What event finally forces Huck to tell Mary Jane about the Duke and King's plot?
2. What could possibly inspire the Duke and King to commit such cruel actions?
Satire: None Episode 9 Ch. 31-33 A Royal Betrayal "After all this long journey, and after all we'd done for them scoundrels, here it was all come to nothing, everything all busted up and ruined, because they could have the heart to serve Jim such a trick as that..." Characters in this Episode: Huck, Jim, Duke, King, Silas and Sally Phelps, Tom Sawyer
Setting: The Phelps Farm
Plot Overview: The Duke and King trick Huck and sell Jim to the Phelps. Huck decides to help Jim escape. Huck arrives at the Phelps' and passes as Tom Sawyer, then when Tom Sawyer arrives he claims to be Sid Sawyer, Tom's half-brother. Huck finds that the Duke and King were tarred and feathered.
Conflict: Man vs. Self: Huck decides to help Jim escape despite his belief that he will go to hell for it.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck has just left the Wilk's after the Duke and King's attempted scam and finds that they have sold Jim. He is very distressed.
Exit from the Episode: Huck leaves the episode pitying the Duke and King who have been tarred and feathered.
Essential Questions: 1. Is it just that the Duke and King died?
2. Should Huck feel pity for the Duke and King after what they did to him and Jim?
Satire: None Episode 10 Ch. 34-43 Free at Last "We did set him free, me and Tom." Characters in the Episode: Huck, Tom, Jim, The Phelps', Aunt Polly
Setting: The Phelps' Farm
Plot Overview: The boys begin the episode by locating Jim and telling him that they are going to help him escape. Tom plans to dramatize the rescue instead of being simple like Huck. Huck and Tom then attempt to dig Jim out of his shed. They are successful and plan to hide a rope ladder in a pie to send to Jim to get him out. Tom decides that they must make Jim's shed like a prison cell from books, so they infest it with snakes and rats. A large, armed group arrives to take on Tom's fabled robber gang and the boys escape through their hole with Jim. Huck is caught, while Tom and Jim escape. Tom gets shot in the leg. Tom arrives back with a doctor and Jim only to tell everyone that Jim was freed by Miss Watson when she died. Aunt Polly arrives and reveals the boys true identities.
Conflict: Man vs. Society: Huck and Tom must help Jim escape the shed, despite it being supposedly wrong, so as to regain his freedom.
Entrance to the Episode: Huck enters the episode prepare to help Jim escape the shed.
Exit from the Episode: Huck decides he doesn't want to be civilized and that he wants to live in the western territories.
Essential Questions: 1. What can we conclude happened to characters such as Jim and Huck?
2. What is the overarching theme(s) of the entire book?
Satire: None
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