Critical Book Review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Essay by canesrock11High School, 11th gradeA+, February 2004

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel about the uncivilized river life of a boy named Huckleberry Finn, but is also the portrayal of life in the south before the Civil War. Mark Twain wrote this novel and its predecessor The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Twain grew up along the Mississippi River in Missouri and had a rough childhood. But he became one of America's greatest authors. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is well-written, fictional book that will keep your attention with excitement throughout it all.

The book starts out with Huck talking about his life since Tom and him found treasure. Tom and Huck form a gang using the neighborhood kids. The gang doesn't last for long and falls apart. Soon after that, Huck's father catches up with him and he is forced to go live with him by court ruling. Huck finds it to be fun, but soon wants to get away because his father beats him.

Huck takes advantage of his father being gone, and fakes his own death. Using a raft he floats down the river. A couple of days later, Huck meets up with Jim, a slave, and they continue on their journey down the river to Cairo. From there they could go up north and be free. But on a foggy night they become separated and find each other in the morning, but only to realize they passed up Cairo. Soon after, they are hit by a steamboat and forced to swim for land. There Huck lives with a family called the Grangerfords. But when a fight turns deadly, Huck finds his way back to Jim. Huck and Jim continue downstream and rescue two men by the name of Duke and King. They are con artists with a plan to steal a large...