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The Hero's journey in the adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Transcript of The Hero's journey in the adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Hero's journey in
the adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Alex, Katie & Noni
Wish you could'a come along. Jim and me had quite an adventure!
Tom Sawyer
c/o Aunt Polly
St. Petersburg, Missouri
designed by Péter Puklus for Prezi
The Hero's Journey
The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
continues the concept of the hero's journey that we studied in
The Odyssey
but with a twist. Where
The Odyssey
focused the journey on a warrior king, Huck Finn is a poor orphan but no less a hero.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
democratizes the concept of the hero.
The River
The Mississippi River acts as the means of transportation that allows Huck and Jim to get to know each other. It is also a symbol of freedom, both for Jim as it is literally carrying him to freedom but also for Huck since on the river he is free from all the rules that he was bound by back on shore.
Social Commentary
Through the eyes of a young boy, the book is able to show the hypocrisy of a "free" society that allows for racism and segregation.
The Quote
“Jim said it made him all over trembly and feverish to be so close to freedom. Well, I can tell you it made me all over trembly and feverish, too, to hear him, because I begun to get it through my head that he
was
most free—and who was to blame for it? Why,
me
. I couldn't get that out of my conscience, no how nor no way. It got to troubling me so I couldn't rest; I couldn't stay still in one place. It hadn't ever come home to me before, what this thing was that I was doing. But now it did; and it stayed with me, and scorched me more and more. I tried to make out to myself that I warn't to blame, because I didn't run Jim off from his rightful owner; but it warn't no use, conscience up and says, every time, 'But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could ‘a’ paddled ashore and told somebody.' That was so—I couldn't get around that noway. That was where it pinched."
- (Chapter 16, page 114)
Context
This quote appears in Chapter 16 just after Huck and Jim found each other after getting separated. Huck plays a trick on Jim and Jim tells him that only trash would do that to a friend. Huck apologizes to Jim. Yet, as Jim becomes more and more excited about getting closer to freedom, Huck starts to have doubts about his role in helping a slave escape, although this may also be motivated by the realization that once Jim gets to freedom Huck will lose his traveling companion.
interpretation
This part of the story shows where Huck is on his personal journey, realizing the conflict between what he feels is right and what the law says. In this quote he seems to take a step backward morally and decide to do what the law tells him even if it means betraying his friend. However, when the time comes he protects Jim, following his conscience instead of the law. He has truly grown into the hero along his journey.
Connection
This connects to Tiffany and Emily's Presentation because these chapters show that the Bromance continues but they also show that it isn't without reservations, as seen in the quote.
word choice/diction
By expressing the deep concepts (law versus morality) contained in this quote through the words ("trembly") and diction ("But you knowed") of a child, the contrast between Huck’s natural morality and society’s laws seems even greater. You feel Huck struggle with the idea that he should obey the law even when he knows that it is unfair.


Connection to the Odyssey
Connection to
Dead Poets Society
The struggle and dilemma reflected in this quote relate back to the Odyssey, where the hero has had to learn and grow along his journey.
The specific fault line also relates to the movie “Dead Poets Society” where the boarding school students are asked to betray their favorite teacher in order to stay in school. The kids all decide to follow the rules even though it goes against what they know is really right. Fortunately Huck makes the opposite decision.
Conclusion
Huck realizes that according to the law, he is doing something wrong in helping Jim escape. Huck feels that he should follow the law. Yet, his conscience tells him that it would be wrong to betray his friend in his reasonable desire for freedom. This hero has learned a lot on his journey and decides to do what his conscience tells him is right.
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