Huckleburry finn Essay

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In the famous novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain takes us on the voyage of Huck Finn, an ill-fated boy attempting to flee the life he has. This classic southern tale takes place in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, where slaves are legal and accents are strong. When the story opens, Huck is troubled with his new life of manners, school, and church. At the request of his friend, Tom Sawyer, Huck sticks it out in order to take part in Tom’s ‘robbers’ game.
As everything begins to settle, Huck hears news that his drunken father, Pap, has reappeared in town with his mind set out to take Huck’s money. On Huck’s behalf, the local judge, Judge Tatcher, and the widow try to gain legal custody of him, but before they could do anything about it, a new judge speaks out about the rights of Huck’s natural father. With good intentions, the judge tries to reform the drunken old man, but unfortunately Pap returned to his drunken ways. Huck is later kidnapped by his father and held in a cabin that sits on the other side of the river. A routine begins to form as Pap locks Huck in the cabin during the day, and returns at night drunk. Huck becomes sick of his confinement and seeks a plan to escape. The plan unfolds when Huck fakes his death, spreading pig blood around the cabin. Hiding on the other side of the river, Huck meets Jim. Jim is a slave that has escaped from Miss Watson, a local plantation owner. Huck looks past his morals and decides to team up, and help Jim escape. They decide to camp out on an island in the middle of the river, where they are out of sight. Unexpectedly, the river floods forcing them to leave the island and aboard a log raft that they found floating down the river along with a house. After plundering through the house they find the body of a man who has been shot. Jim refuses to allow Huck to see the dead man’s face.
They continue down river with plans to abandon the raft once they reach the mouth of the Ohio River. Unfortunately, they encounter a night full of thick fog and miss the mouth of the river. As they continue to float, they encounter a group of men that are looking for escaped slaves. Huck thinks of a plan to deter the attention away from them. While Jim hides on the opposite side of the river, Huck swims over to the skeptical men and tells them that his father is on the raft suffering from smallpox. Terrified of the disease, the group of men gives Huck money, and hurries away.
Huck and Jim continue on their journey until a steamboat crashes into the raft causing the two to be separated. Huck ends up in the home of southern aristocrats who are currently in a feud against a neighboring family because of the elopement of their kids. While Huck becomes caught up in the feud, Jim shows up with the repaired raft. Huck flees to Jim and they both take off down the river. Later down the river, Huck and Jim rescue two con artists that claim to be the Duke and the Dauphin. As they pass by small towns, the con artists pull…