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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Gullibility is also another theme that is common throughout the whole novel. "So the hairball talked to Jim, and Jim told it to me." this demonstrates that Huck is a very gullible person. He beliefs Jim is really talking to the hairball and that it’s really telling him his fortune. On page 14, " We hadn't killed any people, but only just pretended." this also shows how gullible he can really be. He really believed they were going to kill actual people and not just pretend. Superstition:
Another theme that is common throughout the novel is superstition. "Well, then I happened to think how they always put quick silver in loaves of bread and float them off because they always go right
to the drowned carcass and stop there," this demonstrates how Huck was a superstitious person. Huck and Jim always based their decisions off their superstitious beliefs and let it control their lifes. The message Twain is trying to get across is that most of the decisions Huck and Jim made were based on their supertitions because they were uneducated southerners. Hypocrisy:
Hypocrisy is one of the main themes in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
"Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn't...And she took snuff too; of course that was all right..."This quote demonstrates how the widow doesn't let Huck smoke yet she does it herself. She says it's a "mean practice," but she should have set an example for Huck and educate him the right way by her not smoking. The message Twain is trying to get across, is that people in the south are inane. In chapter 18, on page 112 Twain demonstrates one of many satirical points. "The men took their guns along...it was pretty ornery preaching-all about brotherly love.." This is satiric because both families took their guns to church and the sermon was about brotherly love. Both families hate each other and they were listening to a sermon that was about brotherly love; yet they know they've killed each other's family members. On page 171 there is also satirical points, " I say orgies, not because it's the common term, because it aint-obsequies bein' the common term-but because orgies is the right term...we say orgies how, in England." This is an example of satire because Twain is showing how the king is tryng to be smart, yet he's not because he lies about the term and the meaning that is supposedly used in England. Themes Characters On page 128 Twain also uses satirical points."Goodness sakes, would a runaway nigger run south?" This quote is satiric beause a runaway slave would never run south, they'd run north. If they ran south they'd risk getting caught by slave owners. Twain is putting out the fact that a runaway slave would go south, when in reality to be free they'd have to go north. It also shows how Twain is proving that people from the south aren't smart. Quotations Symbols Vidoeo! Quotations Pap:
In his 50's
Has long, tangly, greasy, and gray hair
Has gray whiskers (mustache)
He wore: rags and boots that had a cross on the left heel
Stole money from Huck to buy whiskey
He beat Huck, especially when he was drunk
He enjoyed drinking
His wife died
He wasn't for the government
Pap is an interesting character because his attitude
was very bi-polar throughout the beginning of the book.
We also found it interesting how Twain would put a
character like him in this novel because he isn't someone
you would relate to Twains ideal point, which was
southerners are inane.
Pap does the things he does because his life seemed to
be very tough, his wife died and his son, Huck, was taken
custody by Widow Douglas. We believe he became an
alcohol addict because of these reasons and acts the way
We selected Pap because he didn't really relate to the novel.
He was very concerned with the government's decision yet he
didn't vote, which really made no sense. What we thought was
very interesting was that he was shot at from the back but
we never learned the reason why it happened.
A thirteen year old boy
Has a father that is drunk most of the time
Was taken custody by Widow Douglas
Is best friends with Tom Sawyer
Befriends the runaway slave, Jim
Wants to be free
Portrays a lot of people throughout the novel
Lies a lot
Uneducated but creative
Huck is an interesting character because he plays many parts throughout the novel. Although he is very uneducated he knows how to get out of his problems. He is very creative when it comes to lying, which makes him very interesting.
Huck does the things he does because Twain introduces him as an uneducated person. Huck also allows his gullibility and superstition to make most of his decisions which is the main reason for his actions.
We selected Huck because he was a very interesting character throughout the novel. He lied a lot to get out of tough situations, but really didn't have much of an imagination. He was very creative even though he was uneducated, and his superstitious beliefs were very intriguing. Hairball: The hairball, which Jim uses to tell Huck's future, is an important symbol in the novel because it demonstrates how naive and gullible Huck and Jim can be. Huck goes to Jim because Jim claims he will tell Huck his future and what it will be like. He says, according to the hairball, that Huck will have two wives, a rich and poor one. He also says that he will be "good" as long as he stays away from water. The impact this symbol had in the novel was that it was suppose to influence Huck and the decisions he makes, but it didn't. The impact it had was the trust Huck had in Jim, Huck goes to Jim so he can tell him what his life will be like and totally confides in his knowledge. Dead Pig: The dead pig, which Huck uses to plan his murder, is an important symbol in the novel because it demonstrates his creativity even though he is uneducated. Huck plans his murder because he had been stuck with pap in a cabin in Illinois for a while and just wanted to get out of there. He uses the pig to make it seem as if he had been murdered and then runaways in the canoe he had found earlier. The impact the symbol had in the novel was that Huck's creativity led to many surprises, like the finding of Miss Watson's slave and Huck having to dress as a girl. Mississippi River: The Mississippi river is a major symbol in the novel because it's where most of the novel takes place. There Huck and Jim get their freedom, Huck from pap and Jim from Miss Watson. They also experience many things throughout their journey, for example, their meeting with the duke and king. The river brings many situations to Huck and Finn, especially when they are on the shore. Huck: "…seeing I was so ignorant and so kind of low-downand ornery."
Huck is discussing how he isn't good enough to be religious like Miss Watson or the widow. He realizes that everything they want him to do he can't because he simply doesn't enjoy it. Miss Watson wants Huck to pray everyday but Huck saw no point it, she also wanted him to read and write but he didn't enjoy that either. Due to the fact he felt this way, he began to view himself as someone who wasn't perfect.
This quote is significant because it shows how Huck sees himself, he knows he isn't the brightest person but when he realizes he's not perfect he puts himself down. Huck: "…so i knocked at the door, and made up my mind I wouldn't forget I was a girl."
After Huck's "murder", Huck and Jim become curious of what had been going on around town. To find out, Jim suggests that Huck dresses as a girl and tries to figure out what is happening. Before knocking on Miss Judith Loftus' door he tells himself he can't forget he's a boy.
This quote is significant because it's somewhat weird that Huck has to remind himself he's still a boy, it just demonstrates how inane he truly is Huck: "…because i thought he had a good heart in him and was a good man, the first time I see him."
Here Huck is referring to Jim and how he should be set free. Jim had just helped the doctor safe Tom after he had been shot. The townspeople wanted to hang Jim but before they could the doctor interrupted and began to say he was a good person. After realizing he was, Huck tells himself that Jim truly was a good person.
This quote is significant because it shows the way Huck felt about Jim, they truly became close. Since the beginning JIm had been playing a father figure to Huck, but Huck just recently noticed and finally took appreciation of it. Huck: "It didn't take me long to make up my mind these liars warn't no kings or dukes…"
During their journey, Huck and Jim meet the king and the duke. They introduce themselves as king and duke and began to tell their background stories. Huck, who is a little smarter than Jim, doesn't really fall for their stories, but goes along with it.
This quote is significant because it shows that even though Huck is uneducated, he's not too stupid to notice a liar. A good liar knows one when he sees one.