The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – A Novel Review
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is one of the most famous books of all time. This book, written as a response to the growing popularity of the novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, sold millions of copies worldwide and remains one of the greatest works of literature ever written by a single author. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was later made into a motion picture by Walt Disney and starred Michael Douglas and Jack Lemmon. The movie is often cited as an example of American humor and brought a lot of laughter to audiences across the world. Even today, when most people consider the Twain family of novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn often comes to mind.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the story of Tom Sawyer, who is a boy living with his cousin Widow Doglus and other members of his ragtag crew in the Mississippi River town of St Petersburg. The summer before his 15th birthday, Tom sneaks into the home of his friend Muff Potter. There, he finds a box containing some brand new clothes and a note from Potter which read: “Seek and ye shall find. Now, send away if you please.”
Potter warns Tom that if he does not return soon, he will be captured. The next morning, Tom sneaks back to the rectory and retrieves the letter from his friend’s suitcase. The next morning, Tom wanders into the woods where Muff lives. While casually walking through the woods, Tom finds the body of his friend Harry. He then finds a note left by Potter, which reads: “Seek and ye shall find. Now, send away if you please.”
Just then, a passing stranger bumps Jim in the head forces him to climb a tree for help. Jim then witnesses the murder of Potter and another man named Phelps. Hoping that he is safe now, Jim boards a raft and races through the rapids with his friend Wab Kinsey. They reach the falls at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Jim then witnesses the death of the last man on earth, Miss Watson.
The next morning, Jim and two other men, Puckle and Dave, are given shelter at a nearby plantation owned by the duke. Jim is given chores to do, such as cutting brush for the garden and mowing the grass. On the night of his arrival, Jim is mistaken for a runaway slave. Jim escapes to a cabin run by female Royal Nones.
The duke tells Wilkins and Phelps that they have ten days to leave. However, the two remain and Wilkins buys a gun so that he can kill the two men. Wilkins shoots the duke but accidentally hits Jim in the leg with the bullet. Later, the two escape through a hatchway created by a bell. However, they are caught by guards sent by the governor.
The next morning, the two are taken to the gallows where the duke has made preparations to behead the two men. Jim, along with several others including Kate, resist being put to death. In the end, though, the two escape. Kate also gives birth to John Wilkes Booth, her husband’s killer.
In the novel, Mark Twain repeatedly emphasizes the role that nature plays in our lives. Sometimes the most outrageous actions we can take are the ones born out of necessity. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain provides examples of how our actions are affected by external forces. Although it is not stated outright, one can assume that the duke intended to execute Jim as a means of putting an end to the rebellious spirit of his father. Although the novel is set during the 1800s, Mark Twain effectively brings home the message that our actions are sometimes dictated by forces outside of ourselves.