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Plot Diagram: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Laurie Carlson

on 10 February 2013

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Transcript of Plot Diagram: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Rising Action Here:
Central Conflicts
and Antagonists are
Introduced Now we break it down for Huck Finn Exposition: Characters and Setting Introduced! This is a Standard Plot Diagram Climax the Height of the Action Here: Main Characters
experience epiphanies
or make decisions that
will alter them and the
rest of the plot
Decision: Huck decides that he is willing to go to hell in order to save Jim. He tears up the letter and says:
" All right, then, I'll go to hell." Falling Action This happens after the climax.
Here Tom Sawyer shows up
and pretend he will help.
Tom Sawyer makes everything more complicated
as he tries to live out a plot of a adventure novel.
Resolution 1: Huck learns the Truth about Tom Sawyer.

Tom has known that Jim has been freed this whole time, because Mrs. Watson freed him in her will.

Resolution 2: Jim is free, and at this point he seems to have far more humanity than Tom Sawyer. Resolution Characters:
Protagonist: Huck Finn (12-year-old poor white boy)
Tom Sawyer (10-year-old middle class white boy)
Jim (30ish African-American slave)
Time: 1840ish Place: St. Petersburg, MI
Climate: hot, muggy, and swampy
Political Climate: Before Civil-War, many whites against African-Americans gaining rights, and the Southern-system of slavery is still alive and well! Conflict 1: Huck must escape from the Antagonist Pap (his drunk, abusive, and racist father who wants to steal his money)
Conflict 2: Jim must escape because he hears word that Mrs. Watson is going to sell him.
Action: Huck and Jim team up and encounter many antagonists including the Duke and the King.
Conflict 3: Must overcome the plots of the Duke and King.
Conflict 4: Huck must overcome his internalized thoughts on race. Does he help Jim or turn him in?
Conflict 5: Man vs. Society: according to society, slavery is just and turning Jim in is his Moral obligation. Here, the plot is wrapped up.

The plot ends with Jim free, and Huck thinking differently about society and civilization.

Tom gives Jim money for his troubles, and Aunt Sally treats Jim well for caring for Tom and offers to adopt Huck.

Huck has had enough of civilization and people tying to civilize him. He ends by telling us he would like to travel out west:

"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."
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