"The adventures of huckleberry finn" by Mark Twain.

Essay by pglax15High School, 11th gradeA+, April 2003

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Mark Twain wrote the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It spans approximately 240 pages and was chosen because it is part of the eleventh grade curriculum.

The book begins and takes place in St. Petersburg, Missouri, along the Mississippi River; the setting later changes depending on how far down the river they go. The time frame is the early to mid-nineteenth century. The main character, for which the book is named, is Huckleberry Finn: known as Huck Finn for short. Huck is a free-roaming spirit; however, his age does not allow for much freedom in the novel because he is considered nothing but a lost child. Jim is Huck's traveling partner, and Miss Watson's slave, for most of Huck's exploits on the Mississippi. Jim also becomes a father figure to the young child. Tom Sawyer is Huck's best friend and partner in crime: When the two of them get together, it is almost a given that they will cause some kind of a stir in their little town.

Widow Douglass and Miss Watson are the two wealthy sisters who adopt Huck and put him through much grief with their religious and behavioral lessons.

The story starts off with a little narration from Huck: He explains that the reader may know him from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and says that for the most part "Mr. Twain" told the truth in the aforementioned book. Then the book enters the actual tale. It starts with Widow Douglass constantly mentioning her failure to "sivilize" Huck, meanwhile Huck complains about all the things that she tries to do in her failed quest. The first chapter ends with Huck sneaking out his window to meet up with Tom Sawyer for their first adventure of the book. The book is about the adventures of a...