Analysis Of The Book ' Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn '

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Micaela Soriano
AP Lit Period 2
Mr. Etheridge

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cheat Sheet

Title: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Publication: December 10, 1884
Setting and Time period: The setting throughout the story mainly takes place along areas by the Mississippi River, and as stated in the book, “Forty to Fifty Years ago”.

Huckleberry Finn - The protagonist and narrator of the novel. Huck is the thirteen-year-old son of the local drunk of St. Petersburg, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River. Frequently forced to survive on his own wits and always a bit of an outcast, Huck is thoughtful, intelligent (though formally uneducated), and willing to come to his own conclusions about important matters, even if these conclusions contradict society’s norms. Nevertheless, Huck is still a boy, and is influenced by others, particularly by his imaginative friend, Tom.

Tom Sawyer - Huck’s friend, and the protagonist of Tom Sawyer, the novel to which Huckleberry Finn is ostensibly the sequel. In Huckleberry Finn, Tom serves as a foil to Huck: imaginative, dominating, and given to wild plans taken from the plots of adventure novels, Tom is everything that Huck is not. Tom’s stubborn reliance on the “authorities” of romance novels leads him to acts of incredible stupidity and startling cruelty. His rigid adherence to society’s conventions aligns Tom with the “sivilizing” forces that Huck learns to see through and gradually abandons.

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