The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

16 Aug

The narrator, Huckleberry Finn, begins Chapter One by stating that the reader may know of him from another book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. The other book ended with Tom and Huckleberry finding the gold some robbers had hidden in a cave. They got six thousand dollars apiece. They would get a dollar each day for interest by judge Thatcher.

Huckleberry began to like school a lot with “six times seven is thirty-five.” Then, Tom with Huckleberry and some other friends formed up a robbery gang as Huck wants to go back home respected by the widow. The Widow lamented over her failure with Huck, tried to stuff him into cramped clothing and before every meal had to pray over the food before they could eat it. They came up of ideas for robbery when they suggested “ransom” which they do not know the meaning of the word.

One day, Huck’s father treated him very badly and he decided to run away when He meets Jim, a black slave who wants to escape to freedom, and they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.

After Jim’s recapture, events quickly resolve themselves. Tom’s aunt revealed Tom and Huck’s identity but Tom explains that Jim has been free for months: Miss Watson died two months earlier and freed Jim in her will, but Tom chose not to reveal Jim’s freedom so he could come up with an elaborate plan to rescue Jim. Jim tells Huck that Huck’s father has been dead for some time  and that Huck may return safely to St. Petersburg. In the final narrative, Huck declares that he is quite glad to be done writing his story, and despite Tom’s family’s plans to adopt him, Huck intends to flee west to Indian Territory.

The book is often criticised because it shows things like slavery, and uses vulgar language like the word “nigger”. On the other hand, some people say that the book just shows how life and society were at that time, and that at that time, many people thought slavery was normal and not wrong. Also, the book does not portray Jim, the escaping slave, as a bad character.

Mark Twain:

Samuel Clemens, alias Mark Twain, is an American icon whose razor-sharp wit and inimitable genius have entertained countless readers for more than a century

His many publications include such gallant childhood essentials as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, along with many dozens of other works ranging from airy magazine columns to focused, biting anti-imperialist satire.

He was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1835.  The Clemens family consisted of two brothers, a sister, and the family-owned slave, Jenny, whose vivid storytelling was a formative influence on the young Sam.  As he was growing up, his parents explained their perspective on the nature of things in the established South, about the slave-owning tradition, and about ‘rough western justice.’

Reflections of this pre-war southern upbringing are found in many of Twain’s writings, and although his images are quite idyllic, one cannot ignore the constant historical reminders of some of America’s more unacceptable social realities.

Sam Clemens first discovered his literary talents through an apprenticeship at a local printing shop. He was exposed to countless books and became an avid reader. For him, a career in journalism was more than natural, but it wasn’t until the marriage of his sister that Sam was inspired to real action. Bound by train, he left Hannibal for New York City. Shortly thereafter he found himself in Philadelphia, working in the publishing and journalism fields.

Eventually he relocated to Cincinatti, with the intention of saving enough money to explore the Amazon by way of New Orleans. His method of travel was to be the fateful steamboat, and while contemplating his future, he discovered his deep internal connection with the Mississippi river. Suddenly, he knew he had to learn how to pilot steamboats, and this urge proved stronger than anything he had known before. Stronger, even, than the idea of explorations in South America.

Some years later, after he had left the river to continue his journalistic career, Sam realized he needed a pen-name for the more comedic and fantastic columns he was writing. This was especially necessary since he had been dispatched to Carson City to report the activities of the Nevada legislature. He searched his memory for the proper association and remembered those halcyon river days. As his pen name, he chose a bit of the lingo, relating to the periodic measurement of the distance between the bottom of the steamboat and the riverbed. When the leadsman detected a depth of only twelve feet (two fathoms), he would sound the alert: ‘By the maaa-ark, twain!’

While working in Carson City he met his mentor, the popular humorist Artemus Ward, who recognized Clemens’ talent and encouraged him to write ‘as much as possible.’ Mark Twain did precisely that.

Clemens married, and his finely-honed abilities earned him international renown as a writer, lecturer and traveller. Along the way, he composed some of the best-loved and most widely known literature of 19th-century America. As the chancellor of Oxford University told an aged Clemens in 1907: ‘Most amiable and charming sir, you shake the sides of the whole world with your merriment.’

Mark Twain spent the remaining three years completing his official autobiography, concluding with the death of his beloved wife. Four months later, on the evening of 10 April 1910, he flipped through a book and bade his doctor ‘goodbye’. Thence he drifted into eternal slumber.

Mr. Clemens lives on in the hearts and minds of grateful readers everywhere.



Posted by on August 16, 2010 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  1. lAm sZe tUNg

    August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Uhm…. if this was done by yourself , it is a really good review , however , it seems to me like a copy and paste one . And why do you need to have a reference , you only show a reference if it is copied .

    • Chua Wen Feng

      August 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      I already said the link is for the biography of the author…

  2. Ng Qiyuan

    August 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Wen feng, that is truely a lenghty book review. You wrote very well and I do not think that it is copied. I can see that you put alot of efforts into it…Keep up the good work.

  3. Stanford

    August 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I can see that this his Wen Feng’s work. Only the back part where he mentioned the author was from another website. Nevertheless, he has stated the sources. Good job Wen Feng! Keep it up!

  4. Tan Hao Ming

    August 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I agree with Qi Yuan, your review is very detail and wonderful. You could squeeze a book of 300+ pages into this review of 500 to 800 words, there is very hard to do and Sze Tung, don’t criticize Wen Feng when you do not like him. His review is done by himself!!!


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