Upon Pap's return, Judge Thatcher and the Widow try to gain court custody of Huck, but a new judge in town refuses to separate Huck from his father. She tells him to remember his name next time, that he plays a girl poorly, though he might be able to fool men, and she gives him some pointers on acting like a girl. Huck finds out the dead man on the boat was his father. That night, they collect Jim and start to run away. Jim is recaptured, and things quickly go south. The widow tries to impart religion into Huck, but he doesn't take to that either.
The family owns a considerable amount of land and over one hundred slaves, including a slave for each member of the household. She responds that she is living her life such that she can go to Heaven. GradeSaver, 9 April 2006 Web. After running across a dead body, which Huck doesn't see, they decide to team up and then start out on what just might be the first American road movie, only via the Mississippi River rather than I-90. Dissatisfied with his new life, and wishing for the simplicity he used to know, Huck runs away.
I been setting here talking with you all night till you went to sleep about ten minutes ago, and I reckon I done the same. The men are too ashamed to admit to wasting their money, and tell everyone else that the show was phenomenal, thus making the following night's performance a success. From the start, Huck speaks to us in a conversational tone that is very much his own but that also serves as a mouthpiece for Twain. Huck and Tom hunker down to hide, and Jim ends up sitting down right between them to wait to hear the sound again. Huck emerges and grabs a piece of wood with which he paddles to the shore.
They continue watching for Cairo, but are unable to locate it. She is infuriated, but agrees to leave the house for a few days so Huck can escape. Here, the reader immediately understands the main theme of the novel, the conflict between civilization and freedom. In chapter five Huck talks to his Pap, who is around fifty years old and looks homeless. When Buck is killed, Huck is deeply affected by the entire tragedy and even admits to crying upon pulling his friend's dead body out of the river. While in town, the duke takes over a deserted printing shop.
Throughout these chapters, Huck consistently assumes different characters and roles in order to survive and to protect Jim. Huck's struggle with the concept of slavery and Jim's freedom continues throughout the novel. It is important to note Huck's views towards slavery at this point so that they may be compared to his views later on. The Judge refuses, and he and the widow take a case to court in an effort to get Huck legally placed with one of them. He and Jim celebrate until they notice the duke and the dauphin are about to overtake them on their own boat. Time to stick around and get a little of that civilizing he keeps talking about? The terrifying letters mention a band of robbers coming to set Jim free.
The custody judge is unfortunately new to the town and refuses to separate Huck from his father. When he gets back to his room, Huck finds his dad sitting on his bed. Instead of obeying his guardians, however, Huck sneaks out of the house at night to join Tom Sawyer's gang and pretend that they are robbers and pirates. The men will be killed and the women will be brought back to the cave. Pap harasses Huck for wearing good clothes and going to school. Huck and Tom sneak out of the house that night and witness the duke and the dauphin being tarred and feathered and run out of town. Superstition also serves to foreshadow events throughout the novel, as Huck knows the bad luck will return to haunt him.
Huck Finn moves in with the , who has agreed to care for him. Huck does not laugh at humorous situations and statements simply because his literal approach does not find them to be funny; he fails to see the irony. On his way to shore, Huck meets two white men searching for runaway slaves. The novel opens with Huck telling his story. Jim's comment that Huck should avoid the water will go unheeded when both of them end up running away downriver.
Chapter 42: Tom is brought in, half conscious, with the doctor and Jim, who is chained and put back in the shed. This warning is juxtaposed by her painful academic lessons. Huck escapes to the raft and finds Jim missing. Huck arrives at the island and ties up the canoe before taking a nap. Lesson Summary As Huck and Jim travel towards Cairo to find a boat that will take them north, they encounter a strong current and a dense fog as they try to find a place to tie up their raft and canoe for the night. We learn that Tom Sawyer ended with Tom and Huckleberry finding a stash of gold some robbers had hidden in a cave. With this anecdote, Twain is commenting on the gullibility of religious zealots, which is consistent with his attack on religion in the very first pages of the novel, when Huck decides that praying and heaven as described by as lousy alternatives to having fun.
The farmers attack the shed, containing Jim, Tom, and Huck. Huck feels safe knowing that Pap, the widow, and everyone who knows him thinks he is dead, so they will no longer be looking for him. Huck claims he gave it to Judge Thatcher, but his dad doesn't believe him. Huck tells the family that he is an orphan named from down south who has lost everything, and arrived at their home after falling off of a steamboat. He creates fliers, identifying Jim as a runaway slave, which they carry around as evidence they have captured him, so they can travel by day. Once the Shepherdsons have left, Huck pulls Buck and the other boy out of the river and onto dry land where he weeps and covers their faces. Huck points out that the Widow condones useless things like studying the Bible, but forbids Huck from doing good and useful things, like smoking.
Chapter six has Pap away from civilization to a cabin on the Illinois shore, which leads the reader to believe that Huck must have originally resided in Missouri, and they travel on the Mississippi River. He tells the others that this handbill will make it seem as if they are taking Jim back to collect the reward. Huck and Tom grab a few more friends and take them to a cave down the river where they decide to form Tom Sawyer's gang, which is more of a childish club. Chapter 41: Huck finds a doctor and sends him to Tom. Huck immediately pretends to be Tom. The Phelps think Huck is their visiting nephew, Tom Sawyer, and Huck easily falls into the role of Tom. Huck might agree with these critiques, but he would not exploit society out of selfishness as Sherburn and the con men do.