Huckleberry Finn



The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain. Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, led one of the most exciting and adventuresome of literary lives. Raised in the river town of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain had to leave school at age twelve to seek work. He was successively a journeyman printer, a steamboat pilot, a halfhearted Confederate soldier (no more than a few weeks), and a prospector, miner and reporter in the western territories. His experiences furnished him with a wide knowledge of humanity, as well as with the perfect grasp of local customs and speech, which exhibits itself so well in his writing. With the publication in 1865 of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Twain gained national attention as a frontier humorist, and the best-selling Innocents Abroad solidified his fame. But it was not until Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), that the literary establishment recognized him as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce.
Toward the end of his life, plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Mark Twain grew more and more pessimistic-an outlook not alleviated by his natural skepticism and sarcasm. From this last period, only the stories The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and The Mysterious Stranger match his earlier work in brilliance. Though his fame continued to widen-Yale and Oxford awarded him honorary degrees-Twain spent his last years in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about “the damned human race.”

Characters
·Tom Sawyer- Tom is a friend of Huckleberry Finn. Tom has an extraordinary imagination.
·Huckleberry Finn- Huck is the main character of the story. His mother is dead and father is a drunk and abuses him.
·Jim- Jim is the slave of Miss Watson. He is very superstitious and believes in witches.
·The King- The King is a bum that, after hearing the other bum say that he was a duke, said that he was the King. Huck and Jim just go along with it so it would not start trouble.
·The Duke- The Duke is a bum. He pretends that he is the rightful Duke of Bilgewater.

Summary
Huckleberry Finn is a child around the age of 14. He lives along the Mississippi River with Miss Watson. She is his guardian, because his mother is dead and his father is a drunk. His father abuses him. When Huck’s father comes to town and hears that his son is going to inherit six thousand dollars, he wants custody of Huck. Every once in a while he will get drunk and argue with the judge. Finally, Huck’s father takes Huck back. He runs away and makes it look like he was killed while his father was out. He took a boat and went floating down the Mississippi. He stops a Jackson’s Island thinking that he was going to live there. He finds Miss Watson’s slave, Jim on the island. She was going to sell Jim so he ran away. Jim was scared to death, because he thought that Huck was a ghost. Everyone thought that he was dead. Huck went ashore, disguised, to find out if anyone was looking for them. He found out that they were going to go to the island to look for Jim. They immediately left the island. They had many adventures while floating down the river towards Jim’s freedom. They met two bandits who claimed that they were a Duke and a King. These bandits scammed every town they came across for money. At one point they get discovered for being frauds claiming that they were the brothers of a dead man and came to get there share in his will. Huck escapes and later runs into the Duke and the King again. They use a paper they made at one of there stops to suggest that Jim was a runaway. They sold him for 40 dollars. Huck is determined to set Jim free again. He goes to the farm where Jim is held captive and is mistaken for Tom Sawyer but goes along with it to find out about Jim. Later on Tom comes to the house and covers for Huck by saying that he was Sid Sawyer and they wanted to surprise them. As time passes, Tom and Huck make plan to set Jim free.