Create New "Her first book, labored over for years, and launched full of the high hopes and ambitious dreams of youth, floundered on its voyage, though the wreck continued to float long afterward, to the profit of the publisher at least. The hastily written story, sent away with no thought beyond the few dollars it might bring, sailed with a fair wind and a wise pilot at the helm into public favor, and came home heavily laden with an unexpected cargo of gold and glory. The serious work that you lavish all of your efforts on and have the highest expectations for will not receive nearly as much acclaim or success as the one you just toss out to pay the bills. What happens when a writer or artist deliberately tries to create their Magnum Opus?
Both novels are set in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, which lies on the banks of the Mississippi River.
As a result of his adventure, Huck gained quite a bit of money, which the bank held for him in trust. Huck was adopted by the Widow Douglas, a kind but stifling woman who lives with her sister, the self-righteous Miss Watson.
As Huckleberry Finn opens, Huck is none too thrilled with his new life of cleanliness, manners, church, and school.
This effort fails miserably, and Pap soon returns to his old ways. Finally, outraged when the Widow Douglas warns him to stay away from her house, Pap kidnaps Huck and holds him in a cabin across the river from St.
Whenever Pap goes out, he locks Huck in the cabin, and when he returns home drunk, he beats the boy. Tired of his confinement and fearing the beatings will worsen, Huck escapes from Pap by faking his own death, killing a pig and spreading its blood all over the cabin. Jim has run away from Miss Watson after hearing her talk about selling him to a plantation down the river, where he would be treated horribly and separated from his wife and children.
While they camp out on the island, a great storm causes the Mississippi to flood. Huck and Jim spy a log raft and a house floating past the island. They capture the raft and loot the house, finding in it the body of a man who has been shot.
Although the island is blissful, Huck and Jim are forced to leave after Huck learns from a woman onshore that her husband has seen smoke coming from the island and believes that Jim is hiding out there. Huck and Jim start downriver on the raft, intending to leave it at the mouth of the Ohio River and proceed up that river by steamboat to the free states, where slavery is prohibited.
Louis, and they have a close encounter with a gang of robbers on a wrecked steamboat.
During a night of thick fog, Huck and Jim miss the mouth of the Ohio and encounter a group of men looking for escaped slaves. Terrified of the disease, the men give Huck money and hurry away.
Unable to backtrack to the mouth of the Ohio, Huck and Jim continue downriver. The next night, a steamboat slams into their raft, and Huck and Jim are separated.
Huck ends up in the home of the kindly Grangerfords, a family of Southern aristocrats locked in a bitter and silly feud with a neighboring clan, the Shepherdsons.
The elopement of a Grangerford daughter with a Shepherdson son leads to a gun battle in which many in the families are killed.
While Huck is caught up in the feud, Jim shows up with the repaired raft. A few days later, Huck and Jim rescue a pair of men who are being pursued by armed bandits.
The men, clearly con artists, claim to be a displaced English duke the duke and the long-lost heir to the French throne the dauphin. Coming into one town, they hear the story of a man, Peter Wilks, who has recently died and left much of his inheritance to his two brothers, who should be arriving from England any day.
A few townspeople become skeptical, and Huck, who grows to admire the Wilks sisters, decides to thwart the scam. Huck then reveals all to the eldest Wilks sister, Mary Jane. The angry townspeople hold both sets of Wilks claimants, and the duke and the dauphin just barely escape in the ensuing confusion.
Fortunately for the sisters, the gold is found.
Unfortunately for Huck and Jim, the duke and the dauphin make it back to the raft just as Huck and Jim are pushing off. After a few more small scams, the duke and dauphin commit their worst crime yet: Huck finds out where Jim is being held and resolves to free him.
The Phelpses mistake Huck for Tom, who is due to arrive for a visit, and Huck goes along with their mistake.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn study guide contains a biography of Mark Twain, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary .
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn belongs to the genre of Bildungsroman; that is, the novel presents a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist, Huck, matures as he broadens his horizons with new experiences.
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Readers meet Huck Finn after he's been taken in by Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss . "Her first book, labored over for years, and launched full of the high hopes and ambitious dreams of youth, floundered on its voyage, though the wreck continued to float long afterward, to the profit of the publisher at least.
Civilization vs. Freedom. Arguably the main theme in the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is the struggle between civilization and freedom.
Baltich, BYU, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Concept Analysis Literary Text: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Dodd, Mead, & Company) Summary ♦ continuing in the vein of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn has run into a large sum of money which he holds in a bank trust.