The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By William Twain

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I. Setting a. b. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins in Huck’s hometown of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Originally, Huck lives in a clean estate with prim and proper Widow Douglas and Miss Watson who attempt to “sivilize” him. His drunken money-seeking father then abducts him and takes him to a dirty, isolated cabin across the Mississippi River. Huck escapes and floats down the river in an abandoned canoe to Jackson’s Island, lying in the middle of the Mississippi. Here, Huck finds runaway Jim. The peaceful, providing island tempts Huck and Jim to stay, but fearing that someone saw smoke from their fire, they float down the river on a raft. They intended to stop at Cairo and continue in a steamboat to the free states, but the heavy fog which commonly cloaks the river prevented sight of Cairo and Jim’s freedom. They decided to float the rest of the river where the bulk of the story takes place. Illustrated in the quote above, floating the calming river was beautiful. They make multiple stops in Arkansas and Tenessee, but the story ends at Phelp’s Farm. The novel takes place a few years before the Civil War, as slavery was a prominent and common practice in the south and in Illinois. c. The setting of the story influences Huck’s character development. For instance, when Huck lives in the organized home of Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas, he attempts to “sivilize” himself to fit in with their style of living. When his father takes him to the lonesome cabin,
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