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River Riot

Huck Finn's Journey
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Lauren Wilson

on 19 December 2013

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River Riot
Lauren Wilson
Sami Ruchelman
4X

Episode One: Pilot
Chapters 1-4
Episode Two: The Cabin in the Woods
Chapters 5-7
Quote:
"I can stop anywhere I want to. Jackson's Island is good enough for me (Twain 34)."
Characters:
Huck, Pap, Judge Thatcher, new judge, new judge's wife, Widow Douglas
Setting:
Pap's cabin on the other side of the river; Huck's canoe on the river until he reaches Jackson's Island.
Overview:
When Pap unexpectedly comes back into town, Huck's life changes dramatically. He must decide whether to continue living the life he knows or head into the unknown alone.
Conflict:
Man vs. man - Huck vs. Pap. Internal - Huck when deciding whether to leave and when.
Huck enters
with Pap in his bedroom.
He exits
when he fakes his death and runs for Jackson's Island.
Huck goes
from awkwardly attempting to conform to society to leaving it all together.
Essential Questions:
1.
How much does the stability of your childhood home effect your life as you grow?
2.
Does an independent child grow up to be a more successful adult?
Episode Three: Strangers, Scavengers, and Spies
Chapters 8-11
Episode Four: Bandits at Bay
Chapters 12-15
Episode Five: Family Feud
Chapters 16-18
Episode Six: A Complicated Court
Chapters 19-20
Episode Seven: A Play on Words
Chapters 21-23
Episode Eight: Undercover Uncles
Chapters 24-30
Quote:
"Quick, Jim, it ain't no time for fooling around and moaning; there's a gang of murderers in yonder...Sheriff'll get 'em (Twain 70)."
Characters:
Huck, Jim, Bill, Jake Packard, Jim Turner, watchman
Setting:
A wrecked steamboat (the Walter Scott) in the middle of a storm, the raft
Overview:
When Jim and Huck come across a wrecked ship in a storm and climb aboard looking for supplies, they end up getting into more trouble than they expected.
Conflict:
Man vs. man - Huck and Jim vs. robbers; Man vs. nature - Huck and Jim vs. the storm and fog
Huck enters
with Jim on the raft after just evading capture on Jackson's Island.
He exits
with Jim after apologizing about tricking him.
Huck learns
that Jim cares about him, and that confusing him hurt his feelings. He apologizes to Jim, acknowledging him as an equal.
Essential Questions:
1.
Does adversity bring out a person's true character?
2.
Is it acceptable to hurt other people you don't know in order to benefit yourself?
Quote:
"'Ransomed? What's that?' 'I don't know. But that's what they do. I've seen it in books; and so of course that's what we've got to do.'"
Characters:
Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Widow Douglas, Miss Watson, Jim, Judge Thatcher, robber boys, the "new" judge, Pap
Setting:
A small town in St. Petersburg
Overview:
Huckleberry Finn is a young, adventurous boy, who lives with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Many times Huck has left his home, and each time his best friend Tom brings him back. Tom starts a band of robbers that Huck can't wait to join, but is Tom's imagination too much for Huck?
Conflict:
Man vs. society - Huck is not sure if he likes the civilized life or not. He is adjusting to society slowly, but he likes being free better.
Huck enters
the episode when Tom convinces him to come back home so he can join the band of robbers.
Huck exits
when his Pap shows up in his bedroom.
He learns
that you can't always run away from your past.
Essential Questions:
1.
What importance do the relationships formed in childhood have to the individuals as they grow up?
2.
What do the games that boys play when they're young say about their personalities and who they will become?
Quote:
"Yes-en I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars. I wisht I had de money. I wouldn' want no."
Characters:
Huck, Jim, Judith Loftus, and her husband
Setting:
Jackson's island - a deserted stretch of land in the middle of the Mississippi river; Judith Loftus' house
Overview:
After Huck runs away from his father, he ends up on Jackson's island only to find Jim, Miss Watson's slave. Together they get on a canoe and ride down the river. But with a dead body, Huck in a dress, and a house floating in the water, how far will they be able to get?
Conflict:
Man vs. society - Huck has to try to avoid being seen by the townsfolk because everyone believes he is dead.
Huck enters
when he arrives on Jackson's island.
Huck exits
when he finds out there are men coming to capture them, and he and Jim escape on their raft.
Huck decides
to set aside what society says he should do about slavery and helps Jim escape.
Essential Questions:
1.
What do you do when your own sense of what's right differs from that of the majority?
2.
Are stronger relationships formed when two people go through stressful situations together?
Quote:
"It made me so sick I most fell out of the tree. I ain't going to tell all that happened- it would make me sick again if I was to do that. I wished I hadn't ever come ashore that night, to see such things..."
Characters:
Huck, Jim, Buck and the Grangerfords, the Sheperdsons
Setting:
The Grangerford plantation and the area surrounding it; the raft on the river with Jim
Overview:
After a steamboat breaks their raft, Huck ends up in the middle of a family feud between two powerful southern families: the Grangerfords and the Sheperdsons. Will Huck decide to find Jim and the raft or will he be caught in the crossfire?
Conflict:
Man vs. man- The feud between the two families. Internal within Huck - whether he should stay with the Grangerfords or go back to the raft life with Jim
Huck enters
when the steamboat hits the raft and he and Jim fall out.
Huck exits
when he finds Jim and they start down the river again.
He learns
that people fight out of passion rather than reason, as seen when two respected families brutally kill each other because of nothing more than a name.
Essential Questions:
1.
Are the relationships that you have with other people worth the hurt that sometimes accompanies them?
2.
Does vengeance ever really lead to happiness?
Quote:
"It didn't take me long to make up my mind that these liars weren't no kings at all, but just low-down humbugs and frauds (Twain 126)."
Characters:
Huck, Jim, duke, king, townfolk, preacher
Setting:
the raft; a small town's camp-meeting
Overview:
Huck's instinct to help two men on the run gives he and Jim a new handful of trouble to deal with.
Conflict:
Man vs. man - Huck and Jim try to deal with their new aquaintences
Huck enters
floating on the river with Jim on the raft.
He exits
on the raft with Jim, the duke, and the king after they tricked the people at the camp meeting.
Huck learns
that sometimes his first instinct to help people like him can land him with more than he originally expected.
Essential Questions:
1.
Why are humans so easily tricked by con artists?
2.
What qualities must confidence men possess that enable them to take advantage of charitable people?

Quote:
"I says to myself, I reckon a body that ups and tells the truth when he is in a tight place, is taking considerable many resks, though I ain't had no experience, and can't say for certain; but it looks so to me, anyway (Twain 188);"
Characters:
Huck, Jim, duke, king, Elexander Blodgett, Peter Wilks (dead), Mary Jane, Susan, Joanne, Reverend Hobson, Doctor Robinson, Ben Rucker, Deacon Lot Hovey, Abner Shackleford, Levi Bell, Widow Bartley, Harvey Wilks, William Wilks
Setting:
Small town on the coast of the Mississippi River, Wilks' house, the raft
Overview:
While lazily floating from town to town, the group runs into a young man who tells them about a new opportunity for an unpredictable but rewarding con. While in the midst of it, Huck can't decide whether he should continue on or get out while he can.
Huck enters
on the raft with Jim, the duke, and the king when a young man tells them about a dead man's family.
He leaves
when he, the king, and the duke flee the small town when they are discovered as frauds.
He learns
that when something is already dangerously messy, the truth becomes the best option in order to make a clean getaway.
Essential Questions:
1.
Why do we assume that we can always trust our family members?
2.
Why are people in mourning easier to fool?
Episode Ten: A Finale of Freedom
Chapters 34-43
Quote:
"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 (Twain 293)."
Quote:
"Your newspaper call you a brave person so much that you think you are braver than any other people whereas you're just as brave, and no braver."
Characters:
Huck, duke, king, Jim, Colonel Sherburn, Boggs, Boggs' daughter, town mob
Overview:
Huck, the duke, and the king put on a show in the hope of fooling the townsfolk. While Huck partly enjoys watching them work, he misses the simple life on the raft with Jim.
Conflict:
Man vs. man- they are tricking the townsfolk into believing they are someone they are not in order to rob them
Conflict:
Man vs. man - duke and king tricking townsfolk. Internal within Huck - whether to tell the truth to Mary Jane or continue lying.
Huck enters
when they wake up after a night of drinking.
He exits
when they escape from the town after conning them.
Huck learns
that trickery can lead to monetary profit, but is unsure whether it is worth the guilt of fooling innocent people.
Episode 9: A King's Karma
Chapters 31-33
Quote:
"I know what you'll say. You'll say it's dirty Low-down business; but what if it is? -I'm low down; and I'm agoing to steal him, and I want you to keep mum and not let on. Will you?"
Characters:
Huck, Jim, duke, king, Uncle Silas, Tom Sawyer, Aunt Sally
Overview:
The king sells Jim to Silas Phelps to make a quick buck to buy some liquor. Can Huck free him before it is too late?
Conflict:
Man vs. man- Huck has to go against what the duke and king told him in order to find Jim. Internal for Huck - should he stay with the king and duke or attempt to locate Jim and free him?
Huck enters
when they arrive in a new town on the raft and stop to pull another con.
Huck leaves
when Tom agrees to help him free Jim.
Huck learns
that though some people may appear to have the right intentions, you can only trust the ones that prove their loyalty and fidelity.
Characters:
Huck, Jim, Tom Sawyer, Aunt Sally, Uncle Silas, doctor, townfolk, Nat, Phelps kids
Essential Questions:
1.
How can a strong, meaningful relationship be built when two people are so different?
2.
Is a game with high stakes fun when you're the only person who knows it's a game?

Setting:
Town on Mississippi River coast
Essential Questions:
1.
Do people who don't use common sense deserve to be swindled?
2.
If you observe a crime being committed, do you have a moral responsibility to intervene?
Setting:
Town off Mississippi River in Arkansas, Phelps plantation
Essential Questions:
1.
Is there such a thing as karma?
2.
How could any man justify the worth of a man's freedom to equal that of a bottle of liquor?
Setting:
Phelps plantation, the raft
Overview:
While staying with Tom's Aunt Sally, Huck and Tom attempt to free Jim, but not with the most practical of methods. No matter what Huck believes should be done to help Jim quickly, they must do it as it is done in Tom's books in order for Tom to approve, making for some complicated circumstances.
Huck enters
discussing with Tom where Jim might be.
He exits
when Jim is freed and Huck is supposed to live with Aunt Sally and become "sivilized", but implies that he is planning to live freely again.
He learns
about Jim's true friendship with him, the death of his father, and he realizes that though society may seem to have the answers about correct behavior, you must decide what is most valuable to you and act based on what you believe is morally right.
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