The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Can you imagine a boy of twelve running away and living off of the land? Dodging death by the hairs on his head and risking his life by helping a friend! Well this is exactly what Mark Twain writes about in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In the start of Huck Finn's new life Huck explains the adventures Tom and he had, including Tom and Huck finding a lot of money. After they become rich Huck Finn moves in with an old lady, Widow Douglas, and her sister Miss Watson. The sisters set out to teach Huck how to be civilized and give him an education. Soon Huck's father, who has not been seen for many months, comes back to claim Huck. Huck's father, Pap, kidnaps him and takes Huck to his cabin where Huck spends many weeks being abused and locked in the cabin. After finding a canoe Huck escapes to a supposedly deserted island where he meets up with Miss Watson's slave Jim. After many discussions, Jim and Huck decide to float upstream to the free states. On their voyage Huck and Jim encounter many problems including escaping from murderers, being seperated by a fog, and losing eachother in a crash. In the end Huck and Jim find each other but decide to go their separate ways; Jim upriver to find work and Huck down river to explore the land.

I enjoyed this book as much as the other book in class. It was a fun story to follow and interesting to disect. Talking about how Huck can make up stories on the dot was really fun to listen to. Also his encounters with others were very fun to watch because they always brought danger or trouble. The only thing that I disliked about the book was how I never got to finish it all, but that's okay.

What can we learn?
Somethings we can learn from reading this book is not to judge people by how they look and to do what your heart tells you to do. Both of these concepts were practiced by Huck and Jim. They both made the right choice and became friends and Huck helped Jim to freedom even though that was not what society told him to do.

Essential Questions:
-What role does society play in shaping who we are?
Society plays a huge role in shaping who we are because we grow up learning what they tell us and don't think otherwise. They make the decisions on what we believe in unless someone else tells you differently.

-What does freedom mean to you?
To me freedom means having my parents trust me and let me go places and be by myself. Also freedom to me means not having to wait around all day to be told what to do but doing my own stuff.

-How do you go about making important decisions?
Well, first I would look at the which is the better decision by looking at the pros and cons of the matter. Next, I would consult my parents and see what they think is better for me. Last, I would ponder the decision for a long time; because I am really bad at making a difinite answer. Finally, I would decide which matter is the best for me and my future and go with that.

- What does Huck Finn teach us about what it means to be human?
Huck Finn teaches us that it doesn't matter what you look like but how you act to be human. I think that at the end of the book Huck Finn learns this lesson and then considers Jim human and not part of anyone's property.

Character Journel:
Widow Douglas' Journel