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Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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English 390 March 5, 2001 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain takes place in mid Eighteenth Century America. It is about an orphan named Huck who is adopted by a woman named Widow Douglas who tries to civilize him. The story takes place in St. Petersburg, Missouri. The town is described as being similar to Hannibal, Missouri, where Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) grew up. The major characters in the novel are Huck Finn who is the main character and is about 12 years old and is also the son of the town drunk. Jim is the runaway slave of Miss Watson's. Huck helps Jim in gaining his freedom. Widow Douglas is Huck's guardian who tries to civilize him. Pap is ...view middle of the document...

Huck is determined to find Joe and set him free. Jim is finally freed and Huck decides to head west to escape a town and society full of hypocrisy. Huck is a boy about 12 years old and is the son of the town drunk, Pap. Widow Douglas adopts Huck and attempts to settle him down and make him a gentleman. Huck doesn't like the proper and stuffy ways of Widow Douglas. Although that he does think that she is nice, he doesn't feel comfortable in her house. He doesn't like going to school or attending church. He also doesn't like being tutored at home by Miss Watson who is Widow Douglas's sister. He finally decides to run away to escape the Widow's stuffy ways. Tom Sawyer, a friend of Huck's, finds him and convinces him to come back. Tom and Huck found a treasure earlier in the story, which they are allowed to keep for themselves. Huck's father, Pap, learns of Huck's new found fortune and comes back to St. Petersburg to snatch Huck in hopes of getting a claim to his money. Pap tries on several occasions to capture Huck, who always seems to escape. Finally Pap is able to capture Huck one day and locks him in a cabin in the woods. Pap beats Huck regularly. Finally Huck is able to escape and...

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