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In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (published in 1884), the audience is taken on a wild series of escapades with none other than the famous and mischievous main character, Huckleberry Finn. Huckleberry Finn, a boy who just came out of poverty is just trying to live his new life in peace with his new caretakers Miss Douglas and Miss Watson. However, when his abusive father named Pap stumbles back into town and starts making poor Huck’s life miserable again, Huck’s life is turned upside down. Jealous that Huck is becoming literate and has money, Pap kidnaps Huck and holds him in a cabin on the other side of town. In turn, Huck fakes his death and proceeds to run away by escaping to Jackson Island located in the middle of the Mississippi River. On the ┬áIsland, Huck meets a runaway slave, Jim, who has fled Miss Watson’s plantation upon hearing of her plan to sell him and separate him from his family. Huck debates whether to send Jim’s owner a letter detailing Jim’s whereabouts. Finally, Huck says, “All right, then, I’ll go to hell,” and tears the letter up. Despite the legalities that Huck could face for helping a runaway slave, Huck knows that helping someone when they’re in need is the right thing to do. To make matters worse, the pair find out that there is a reward for anyone who finds Jim and turns him in which leads to the two leaving town by floating on a raft down the Mississippi River. The pair end up in Ohio for a few days and get entangled in a neighbourhood feud which prompts them to get back on their raft and continue on their journey. A few days later, Huck rescues two men who are fleeing from bandits that accompany Huck and Jim as they continue traveling down the river. The two men that are rescued are troublesome and cause a lot of problems for Huck and Jim who continuously try to get rid of the pair but to no avail. After a few scams that the two men pull including stealing gold, they commit their worst offense: selling Jim to a local farmer. Huck finds out where Jim is being held and goes to go save him, only to find out that the family who bought Jim is none other than Tom Sawyer’s extended family. Tom ends up coming to the town as he was going to visit his family and ends up helping Huck by hatching a creative plan to rescue Jim. After a couple of days, the boys put their plan into action. They manage to free Jim but a pursuer shoots Tom in the leg. In the midst of the chaos, Huck is forced to get a doctor, and Jim sacrifices his freedom in order to nurse Tom. Thanks to Tom’s injury, Jim ends up in chains again. At the end of the book, we find out that Jim has actually been a free slave the whole time because Miss Watson who had written him to be free in her will had died two months ago. The entire series of adventures that Huck goes on with Jim is all thanks to Tom who had planned out everything to prank Huck and Jim. Much to Huck’s relief, he is told that Pap is dead and the book ends with Huck (who is tired of ‘sivilizing) leaving for the West. When Huckleberry Finn first came out, it was met with mixed responses from both the public and critics from major newspapers such as The Boston Daily Advertiser. On one hand, everyone seemed to enjoy Twain’s humor that he effortlessly sprinkled throughout the book. On the other, many were upset that Huckleberry actually decided to help a runaway slave. One review reads: “That such stuff should be considered humor is more than a pity.” -The New York World March 7, 1885. As this book was released post-Civil War, a time when people began to oppress the black people who had just been freed, many disliked the character of Jim and the fact that the end of the book is “happily ever after” for him. The book was first banned in Concord, Massachusetts in 1885 by a library who believed that the book was “trash and suitable only for the slums” due to the repeated use of the n-word throughout the novel. White librarians believed that the book wasn’t at a high enough standard of word choice to be read by white people and their children.

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