Huck Finn Annotations
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Chapter 1: -This book is written in a first person point of view -Huck is known from Tom’s story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -Huck and Tom found 6000 dollars, which is a lot of money in this era -Miss Watson is very nice to have taken Huck in -There is a lot of racism in the book because of the time period it takes place in -It seems like Tom Sawyer is Huck’s role model Chapter 2: -Takes place in a time of slavery Jim keeps the same five cents on a string around his neck as the five cents Tom left for the candles -Tom shows that he is the leader type when he forms the club -All the kids say the oath is beautiful, even though it talks about murder -The club turns out to be just a childish game; for they do not do anything that they said they were going to do, like robbing and murdering -They are naive and do not know what they are talking about: they use “kill” and “ransom” interchangeably -It is ironic that they are talking about killing people, but will not do it on Sunday because it would be “wicked”.
Killing itself is wicked Chapter 3: -Characterization: Huck is pretty selfish -Huck figured out that the clubs games of robbery were not as real as Tom said they would be -Tom lives in his own world that is made up of fairytales. -“… One of Tom Sawyer’s lies.
” This shows that Tom lies a lot Chapter 4: -Huck is very superstitious -It’s not just Huck that is superstitious. Everyone is superstitious -Both Huck and Pap are struggling with their consciences Chapter 5: -Characterization: Pap is violent with Huck Characterization: Pap is paranoid and threatened by Huck’s ability to read and write, while he cannot -Pap only came back because he heard that Huck became rich and Pap wants the money -Characterization: Pap is an alcoholic -When someone becomes “powerful thirsty” they want to get drunk Chapter 6: -Characterization: Huck is rebellious -Recidivism: To repeat a crime. -^Pap does this several times^ -Huck was not allowed to smoke before (with the widow) -Irony: “Pap was careful”, but he was usually drunk Characterization: Pap was insecure with how Huck was raised, so he takes over Huck’s life -Huck was uneasy because the widow was unable to take Huck away from Pap -Huck did not like to be civilized with the widow -Why did Mark Twain compare a drunk the Adam from the Garden of Eden? -Ironic: Pap did not raise Huck much -Pap is racist and does not want to partake in the same activities as black people -Symbolism: Snakes like from the Garden of Eden -Characterization: Nothing is really Pap’s fault; he is just a little proud and bombastic -When drunk, Pap is violent Ironic: Pap is now calling himself the poor devil after saying that he is worth 6000 dollars and he deserves better than the government will give him -Huck is killing his father from the inside via education, wealth, and lifestyle with the widow -What will Huck do with the gun? Use it for protection, or aggression? Chapter 7: -Characterization: Huck is a fast thinker -Huck talks with a motive to deceive -Huck chooses his own happiness over Pap’s happiness -Pap is angel of death to some extent -Huck was very smart -Huck is faking a burglary and his own death Tom would have been proud -Characterization: Tom is good with escapes and is also fast thinking -Huck is clever and steers the investigation in the wrong direction -Is Huck the angel of death, not Pap? -Huck was on the boat all night Chapter 8: -“… They was firing cannons over the water, trying to make my carcass come to the top. ” Strange superstition -The bread floated to Huck. Does the superstition really work? -The widow is not on the boat -Huck can fend for himself; he is street smart and handy just like Pap -Huck is very nervous No matter where Huck goes, there is always someone else there (can’t find a place to be alone and hide out in) -Why was Miss Watson’s Jim out in the leaves? -Jim thinks that he is seeing a ghost when he sees Huck -Jim always tells tall tails and even if Jim told about seeing Huck, no one would believe him -Characterization: Jim is extremely superstitious -Tom Sawyer must be notorious for his schemes -Characterization: Jim is trusting, maybe even gullible -It seems like money is the most important thing to people in this time and place -Setting: Illinois In this setting, education is not needed as much as being street smart is -Jim and Huck have a lot in common, including that they are both fugitives -Jim thinks he will be rich one day -Jim and Huck both gave up on religion Chapter 9: -Setting: Missouri Shore -There is great imagery when talking about the storm -All of these stolen materials will come in handy in the future Chapter 10: -Now Huck has no doubt about the superstition (The snake’s bad luck) -Huck does not like Pap’s whiskey because it reminded him of when Pap was drunk and would beat him -Good luck brought Huck and Jim the fish Huck is going to see what is going on in his hometown by going undercover Chapter 11: -“I wouldn’t forget I was a girl” -She is new to town and does not know anybody, but she knows a lot of rumors -Alcohol is more important to Pap than Huck is -All Pap wants is Huck’s money for alcohol -The woman tells Huck that her husband was going to search the island for Jim. This was good because it warned them in advance -Huck begins to blow his cover. Then he does completely by forgetting his cover name -Even though the woman knew Huck was pretending, she continued to talk to him.
Maybe it is because she is lonely and needed someone to talk to anyways -The woman is very sharp because she observes everything Huck does and then compares it to how a woman would do it and how he was doing it -Huck tells more lies to cover his identity, which does work -The woman quizzes him to see if he’s lying again, which he was, but Huck new the answers to her questions nevertheless -Huck starts another fire on the island to trick the people looking for them into thinking that this place was their campsite; it was very clever -Huck seems to be very good at tricking people. Is this because he has tricked a lot of people in the past?
Chapter 12: -The woman’s information ended up being very helpful -All of Huck and Jim’s actions show how careful they as being as to not get caught -Ironic: Pap talks about good deeds, while he’s a violent drunk -Setting: They passed St. Louis on the fifth night -St. Louis was very different from Huck’s hometown in that there were so many more people living in St. Louis -When Huck wanted to explore the wreck, Jim refused at first, but when Huck spoke about how much the items on the boat could be worth, he said okay -Both Jim and Huck use Tom as a role model and an example throughout the book -It was very unlikely that they were to find eople on the ship already, but they did -Jack Packard does not want to kill the man, he just wants to teach him a lesson, but the other man wants to kill him -Ironic: A murderer is talking about good morals -The men on the boat are robbers and murderers -Huck wants to catch the murderers -Huck and Jim end up being stuck on the boat with the murderers, and the boat could sink at any moment Chapter 13: -Huck and Jim are lucky to have gotten off of the boat. “Curiosity killed the cat” -This situations shows that money brings out the worst in people -Huck has sympathy on the murderers They took the valuables that the robbers were going to take from the boat -This shows the importance of money in this time period; they were willing to risk their lives for some more money -Huck lies to the watchman of the boat so that he will go to the wreck and save the robbers -Does Huck look up these thieves as role models? -There is a lot of repetition when it comes to the subject of death. It has shown up several times already. Is someone going to die? Chapter 14: -Jim brings up the subject of money again -Characterization: Jim is very dubious Huck talks of Solomon as if it was a rumor spread around a small town. He has the story wrong anyways -Jim is very stubborn and maybe even sensitive -Once again, Jim is being arrogant and ignorant to different types of people Chapter 15: -Huck has one of the “meow” calls like he had with Tom -The fog acts as a means of isolation, separating everyone -Huck lies to Jim and tricks him -Jim thought that Huck had died, again. So when Huck woke Jim up it was as if he had come back to life for the second time -Why is Huck trying to fool Jim? Jim was smart enough to realize that Huck tricked him. Huck was smart enough to trick him, but not smart enough to see the damage that tricking people causes Chapter 16: -Huck thinks that they are going in circles, so he doesn’t know what to do (conflict) -Jim brought up smoking. It has been a while since this has been mentioned -When Jim brought up how close his freedom is, Huck questioned himself. Why did he help Jim? -“But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could’a’paddled ashore and told someone”: Man versus Society -Jim has plans that mostly have to do with money Huck should be happy that Jim says that his freedom is all because of Huck, but he is guilty instead -Huck is trying to turn himself around. He wants to be happy that he helped Jim, but he’s also guilty for going against what society wants -Huck talks about how his dad raised him -Jim forgives Huck and gives him kindness and sympathy -The bad luck seems to be getting even worse -Great imagery (top of pg 94) -Huck comes back to find no canoe, no raft, and no Jim Chapter 17: -Huck lies about his name again -These people are paranoid and skeptical, but they have reason to be.
Huck is lying to them after all -Who are the Shepherdsons? -Characterization: Buck is talkative and annoying. He asks and answers before Huck can answer -Maybe Huck should know the correct spelling of his fake names -Are they so paranoid because they want to protect the house? -The family is educated and rich -This girl is not scared of death -I agree with Huck. Too bad no one makes her “a tribute” -Juxtaposition of death and the pretty house with good food Chapter 18: -Characterization: Grangerford= rich and proper -Descriptions of civilized life and people The family has faced tremendous loss -Why do the two families fight? -Buck doesn’t mind shooting the other person, he just doesn’t like hiding while doing it -The fighting between the two families seems very foolish -No cowards? That is hard to believe. I am sure there is at least one -Who is she meeting at 2:30? -Jim has been living off of Grangerford hospitality as well -Huck is smart for not revealing Jim right away and directly -Characterization: Buck is more violent than the rest of his family -Huck is once again involved in death: Angel of Death? Huck always blames himself for the deaths that he is connected to, since he could have prevented it, but it’s not entirely his fault -Huck is back from the dead to Jim for the third time -Huck and Jim are happy to be reunited away from the feuding families Chapter 19: -Top of page 117: Great imagery -Huck and Jim being naked around each other shows that they are comfortable with each other -Jim has a lot of crazy thoughts -Huck is getting into the bad habit of helping fugitives -At first it sounds like he won’t help, but he’s just being smart -Both men have money trouble One is old and bald and the other is young -It’s strange- The men are trying to get to know each other, but they never exchange names -I don’t believe Bridgewater when he says he is a Duke. It is very unlikely -I think that the old man is trying to trick everyone into thinking that Bridgewater died. He is jealous -The Duke is jealous because the King beats him. Jim and Huck are very gullible -Huck knows that the two men are lying, but he just plays along to keep the peace Chapter 20: -Huck is a very good storyteller -Why don’t Huck and Jim get beds? Huck always uses great imagery when describing nature, but when he describes people he lacks details, which gives poor imagery -The King and the Duke and very selfish, which angers me. Huck deserves better friends -Obviously Huck never knew about plays; he was poor -This raft is full of liars -He’s trying to trick and embarrass the king -This is not church like Huck is used to -The King and Duke should also be up there -He is such a liar, even if it is true. I think if he gets back to the Indian Ocean he’ll be tempted into pirating again -This is not a smart idea at all.
For 200 dollars people will steal Jim or make sure he is brought back -I think Jim is skeptical of them being kings and dukes as well Chapter 21: -I have a bad feeling about the swordfight -Characterization: The Duke is very bossy and a “know-it-all” -How does the Duke know so much Shakespeare? -A few of these lines in the speech are correct, but misplaced. Most of it is just made up -The sign for the Shakespeare play was a form of propaganda -The tickets were overpriced and it was false advertising -This is not the right town to show cultured “Shakespeare” -People in this town have a sick and violent sense of humor The daughter is just in time to see her dad get killed -Again, Huck witnesses a murder: Angel of Death? -More like a mob than a town. Are there any rules or laws? Chapter 22: -Of course everyone is afraid of the guy with the double barrel shot gun; he always wins -The man is a coward. If he didn’t have his gun to protect him, he would be scared -Huck never purposely causes trouble -I wonder if Huck has ever seen a circus before -I, like Huck, also see the damage of this man’s actions -The town is not cultured -You can tell that the show will be inappropriate because children are not allowed Chapter 23: One’s pride is always one’s downfall -The show was funny, but too short and not what it was supposed to be -The town’s people had a plan, but so did Huck and his group -Jim is realizing that the royalty is like the regular cheaters in life -Jim thinks that they are fake, but Huck lies as to prevent Jim getting kicked out of the raft -Jim has feelings and problems, just life a white man does -This chapter brings a whole new insight into Jim’s life Chapter 24: -It does not sound like the plan worked well -I do not think that they should do another show -(Page 158) No one has used Huck’s full name in a while A lot of information is exchanged, which will be important in the future -All 0f the names that the boy said will probably show up again -A lot of repetition of the word yawl -Huck was ashamed that the two men would take advantage of the death for money Chapter 25: -No one knew that they were frauds because no one had seen them in such a long time -All of the names he heard on the boat show up again -This scheme is low, but it fits the characters doing it -All the men can think of is money -Will this frame the daughters? -Is he the true uncle? -No, he’s the physician -The whole family believes the king, which is bad Because the king is confident, he is able to joke about the situation Chapter 26: -Huck might end up blowing their cover -Never mind, Huck is a quick thinker with convincing arguments -She’s like the other woman. She sees right through him, yet she continues to play along -Huck is beginning to get second thought about the robbery -Huck sees how innocent the daughters are -The Duke and Huck care about the orphans. The King does not -Characterization: The King is very selfish -The king cares about materials rather than other people -Huck is making the right decision by stealing the gold from the frauds, but who will be blamed for it?
Chapter 27: -If he hides the money, will anyone get it back? -Huck is involved in another death: A. O. D (Angel of Death) -Huck is right. Someone will probably find the money -What is wrong with the dog? Where is Jim right now? -Surprisingly, the girls were close with their slaves -They considered the slaves to be family -The frauds notice the money is missing -Why won’t the king and duke tell Huck the problem? -Huck is smart, so no one gets hurt Chapter 28: -Huck might crack and tell that they are frauds -I don’t know how Mary Jane will take the news -I hope she keeps his secret Huck was smart to bring up the nonesuch. The mob would have been there in minutes -Mary Jane is trustworthy -Huck has done all he can do -Does Huck like Mary Jane? -Leave it to Huck to tell a tall tale -Huck is very cunning in the way that he influences people’s thinking patterns -I wish I knew more about Tom Sawyer Chapter 29: -The frauds have two days to leave -Now Huck, even though he was good, is accused with the other men -I don’t know how they are going to get out of this one -Irony: Huck is used to lying, so the truth is awkward -Do these names have to do with each other? -I believe the new gentleman.
It is too bad that he cannot prove it -Will they find the bag of money? -It is lucky that Huck put the money there -Of course the gold worked as a great distraction -The men were so happy to be free -Will he let the men back into the raft? Or will he turn them away? Chapter 30: -He sort of reminds me of Pap in a way -Now the king and the duke are against each other because they wanted the money -The king said that he did it to save his life -I really hope that Jim and Huck leave the duke Chapter 31: -The king and duke are up to no good -I knew something bad would happen! -Did the duke and the king sell Jim themselves? Conflict: Man versus Man, Man versus Society, and Man versus Self -Huck is getting his beliefs again -Underwater is the best place to hide a canoe -Huck is now conforming to pap’s beliefs -Huck is, once again, a fast thinker -Obviously this was the plan that the two men had on the boat that they kept quiet -He won’t trust Huck because he’s not trustworthy himself -So he shouldn’t trust Huck, he is going to leave Chapter 32: -(Page 218) Very descriptive -Is there a connection between Huck and Tom Sawyer here? -A “nigger” is still a person -All of the sudden, Huck isn’t comfortable lying. Why? -(Page 222) This is suspenseful That’s a ridiculous coincidence that Huck met Tom’s family -This was a lucky coincidence Chapter 33: -Of course Tom thinks Huck is dead -Now Tom and Huck can brainstorm together to devise a plan on how to save Jim -Tom always comes up with something stylish. I cannot wait to see -He has something planned -“Humans can be awful cruel to one another” -The royalty is ended! -Huck always feels like he is to blame Chapter 34: -They are feeding Jim -Meanwhile, Huck is just as clever at Tom -Tom is a true friend to Huck -Style is good, but Huck’s plan will take less time and be easier -Jim is good at playing along with plans Jim’s life is at stake. I wonder if Jim is fooling the other servants and blaming witches Chapter 35: -Tom’s style is kind of tedious and overly complex -I think that Tom thinks of this as a game. He is not taking it seriously -Tom is completely irrational and overly imaginative -Tom should let Huck handle the plan -Huck is much more realistic -Tom bases too much of his actions on fictions -Huck is in his right mind, but Tom is not -They don’t have all the time in the world to save Jim, but Tom thinks they do -Huck sees no point in arguing Chapter 36: Slowly but surely, this will go the was Huck said it would go in the first place -Huck’s easier ideas are beginning to look good to Tom -Jim is always happy to see Huck -Jim, like Huck, did not argue to keep the peace -Tom’s lie may help Nat’s sanity -Characterization: Nat is very superstitious Chapter 37: -People are beginning to notice missing household items -It is kind of obvious that Tom should have listened to Huck -Huck’s lies affect a lot of people’s sanity -Why do they have to confuse Aunt Sally? -It is a good plan, but I feel terrible for the Aunt and Uncle -Although it was unnecessary, Jim did everything that Tom told him to do
Chapter 38: -They could have run away by now -What is a coat of arms? -Does Tom know that they don’t have much time left? -Jim begins to dislike Tom’s “style” -Jim is getting annoyed with the escape plan -We have already had bad experience with rattlesnakes -Tom’s “doing it right” is just going to make Jim miserable -Of course Jim gives in as to not cause any trouble -Tom is giving Jim so much to work on Chapter 39: -But the Uncle already closed all of the rat holes (Page 264, first sentence) -Now Jim is having a miserable time as a prisoner Huck certainly looks up to Tom, but I think Huck should stand up for himself for once -This process does not really have to be this scary -Is there a good reason to scare everyone? -Tom’s imagination is just as big, if not bigger than Huck’s. Is Huck this way because of Tom? Chapter 40: -Something bad is going to come out of this -They could get killed or hurt from this! -It is lucky that the butter melted. It got him out of trouble -Tom likes this mind of danger. Does he still see this as a game? -Of course Tom would be happy with a bullet in his leg. It’s like a trophy for his hard work -I agree, Jim does need a doctor
Chapter 41: -The doctor might tell the Phelpses -Huck is using good excuses to encourage the doctor to come -All of Tom’s crazy, stupid evidence really came in handy -At least Tom and Huck are not blamed -It’s funny: They did not get away safe and sound -They won’t find Tom because he is on the raft. Where is Jim? -This is just how it was with Mary Jane (Page 282) -Huck will go if she’s asleep Chapter 42: -I knew the doctor wasn’t trustworthy -Of course they would not hang Jim because of how much he is worth -I guess the doctor did do the right thing in the end So Jim is good and Tom is good -Hopefully Aunt Sally will assume that Tom is insane, rather than believe him. Otherwise, they might get into a lot of trouble -Tom sincerely wanted Jim free -Jim was already free after all of this? Excellent twist -After all of the trouble they went through, Jim was already free, and Tom already knew that! Tom just wanted the adventure -Everyone seems to have a happy ending Chapter The Last -Tom just wanted an adventure. He did not know that Jim and Huck had already had their fair share of adventures -I knew Jim had him for a reason!