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Huck finn ch. 14-16

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Rebecca Stafstrom

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Transcript of Huck finn ch. 14-16

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:

ch. 14-16 decoded
By: Julia, Mariah, Emma, Elizabeth, and Rebecca
Chapter 15:
Chapter 14:
Chapter 16:
Ch. 14
Ch. 15
Ch. 16
1. Why does Jim decide he doesn't want any more adventures?

Jim and Huck begin looking over goods that the robber gang has stolen and loaded onto their skiff. Items include: books, clothes, blankets, and clothing.
They start having a discussion about how royalty wears fancy clothes, everyone addresses them with "your majesty", "your lordship", or "your grace".
King Solomon: Only king from the Bible that Jim has ever heard of, is not impressed with him, does not like how he rules
Huck explains to Jim about King Louis XVI, how his son Dauphin either died in prison or escaped and came to America, Jim does not understand the idea that the Dauphin would speak French.
While Huck is in a canoe and Jim in a raft, they begin to drift away from each other from the thick fog.
Once Jim awakens from sleeping and reunites with Huck, he thought Huck was dead, but then Huck convinces him that was just a terrible dream.
When Jim finds out the truth he is not only mad at Huck but hurt and disappointed.
Jim couldn't believe that Huck would lie to him, but after Huck feeling terribly bad about lying he apologizes to Jim.
3. a.) Why doesn't Jim think that King Solomon is wise?

2. Who is King Solomon?
b.) Why does Huck decide it's useless to argue with him?
4. Many would say that Huck is prone to racism due to the society he has been raised in. Explain how his argument with Jim proves Huck is not immune to prejudice.
Jim tells Huck that he would like to get his kids and wife out of slavery
The two are headed for Cairo, Illinois
Huck realizing that he is helping a slave escape to freedom, he suddenly wants to turn in Jim
When two men in a skiff come along, Huck tells them about his "sick family on board" who have smallpox, they each give him $20 and leave.
After a steamboat head for the raft that Jim and Huck were on, they both jump off and Huck can't find Jim.
Towards the end of the chapter, Huck gets attacked by dogs.
1. What do Huck and Jim plan to do when they reach Cairo?
2. How did Huck feel when he was alone in the fog?
3. Huck tells Jim that the separation in the fog was a dream. What does Jim say to explain to Huck that lying to him is wrong?
a.) How does Huck react to hurting Jim's feelings?
b.) What does this show about Huck progress as a moral person?

1. How does Huck feel about helping Jim escape? (Support your answer with evidence from the text.)
2. What happens to the raft at the end of the chapter?
Huck feels like it isn't the right thing to help Jim escape, and that he should turn him in

This quote portrays how Huck is feeling about the whole situation, and what his conscience is telling him.
Raft gets destroyed by a boat
Jim and Huck get separated
Also called Jedidiah
Jewish king from 970-931 BC
from the Bible
son of David
The only king Jim has ever heard of
he suggested cutting a baby in half to settle a dispute
Jim wouldn't listen to him, no matter what Huck said
Jim fights against what Huck says
Since Huck doesn't know a lot of background about black people, Jim argues with him that he really doesn't know what racism is but Huck believes that since he was raised around a black person, he knows all about it.
Sell the raft and travel up the Ohio river on a steamboat to freedom and away from trouble.
Huck was a little scared when alone in the fog, but when he eventually found the raft, he thought of it as a joke, so he decides to lie to Jim and say it was all a dream.
When Jim realizes Huck was lying, he is deeply hurt. Jim explains that lying is completely wrong and that Huck should be ashamed of himself, because Jim has been there for Huck all along.
He feels very bad for what he did, he apologizes and promises there will be no more tricks.
This shows Huck is getting more sympathetic. He has feelings, a heart and courage to say sorry.
New characters:
The two men on a skiff- Men looking for runaway slaves.
Conflicts: Huck vs. Self
- Huck's main struggle is with his conscience
- When approaching Cairo, Jim looks forward to his freedom, Huck explains how his conscience is troubling him
- Instead of telling Jim if they have reached Cairo or not, Huck is planning on turning him
- Huck's conscience causes some of his actions
more adventures more stress which they don't need
He thinks they cause trouble
He thinks it will lead to his death or capture
Theme Development
Since Jim is black he takes Racism very seriously
Huck thinks he knows all about racism because of the life style he has grown up in, but Jim knows he doesn't
Racism plays a huge role because at the time in the book white people had more rights than the black
More Questions/Review
and Analysis

First Quotation:
Second Quotation
Third Quotation
"I got to feeling so mean and so miserable I most wished I was dead. I fidgeted up and down the raft, abusing myself to myself, and Jim was fidgeting up and down past me." (page 87)

Analysis: Huck is saying this, and he is explaining how upset and annoyed he is with Jim. He is trying to decide whether turning Jim in is the right thing to do or not. His conscience is also playing a big role in his decision, which makes it even harder.
This quote connects to our theme, conscience, as well.
Chapter 15
Huck and Jim get stuck in a very foggy night. Why is this a problem?
What lie does Huck tell Jim?
How has Jim started to make Huck a better person?
"I passed the line around one of them right on the edge of the cut bank, but there was a stiff current, and the raft come booming down so lively she tore it out by the roots and away she went." (page 80)
Analysis: This is the beginning of when Jim and Huck are separated. Huck eventually finds Jim and the raft, and this is the point in chapter 15 when Huck lies to Jim. Jim gets very upset, but Huck makes it up to him by a kind apology.
"Well, I just felt sick. But I says I got to do it-I can't get out of it."

Analysis: Huck is saying this. This shows that Huck doesn't want to help Jim help his family escape because he feels like he shouldn't help a runaway black slave. (page 89)
Chapter 16
What is Huck thinking about as they get closer to Cairo?
What does Jim say he will do when he is free?
Why won't the two men help Huck?

"I tried to make out to myself that
warn't to blame, because
didn't run Jim off from his rightful owner, but it warn't 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.'" (pg. 87)

Chapter 14
Huck and Jim disagree about multiple things. What are two things they disagree about?
What does Huck conclude at the end of the chapter?
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