The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
“You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” but that ain’t no matter. that book was made by
Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There were things which he
streched, but mainly he told the truth. That ain’ nothing. I never seen
anybody but lied, one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow,
or maybr Mary. Aunt Polly-Tom’s Aunt Polly, she is-and Mary, and the Widow
Douglas, is all told bout in that book-which is mostly a true book; with some,
as I said before.(Twain 1)
Any way I am here to tell you somethings bout this man that has write
all these things bout our adventures. So listen an maybe you might even learn a
little something bout this man. Now let me think….oh ya, now I recall it.
I reckon it was a warm November ju’s like any other, the 30th to be
exact. But that ain’t how Sam’s Pa spoke of it. He had to go maki’n big, fancy
speeches and things of that sort at the party. But after all that mubl’in we
had a purdy good time. As a matter of fact as I recall that day it was almost
pur’fect. If it warn’t for me drunk Pa gettin arrested by the Sheriff that morn,
it woudda’ been real pur’fect. Course I reckon a boy’s gota have a good time
at his best friend’s bert’day party.
I was at Sam’s house. Course I warn’t de only one dare. His Pa, Judge
Clemens and Ma, Miss Jane Lampton, till she married of course, was dare and I
reckon his whole ‘tire family must da been at dat house, can’t barely remember
it was only his fourth birthday back in 1839 (Howard 1). Ya, me and Sam been
friends ever since he moved here, best friends too, he was born an lived in
Florida, Missouri prior to now. He moved here at the start of this year. See
lots of people don’t give me much thought cause me bein uneducated and havin a
Pa like I do an all. That all changed though, Sam was the type dat even liked
the niggers, so I be surprised if he thought of me differently than any other
Sam’s family had’nt got that much money either but his Pa sure was one
of them educated types. He was a lawyer and a judge and people looked up to him
for jus dat (Howard 5). Actually, speakin of money I had some myself, bout
6,000 dollars. Ya, I was rich ever since Tom and I had gotten them bandits.
Tell ya the truth, money did’nt really mean much to me anyways cause I liked
livin simple an all. But some people spend all their time day dreamin bout the
stuff. Sam’s Pa and Sam certainly had somethin in common then cause Judge
Clemens is always thinkin of all these ways to be prosper. And Sam jus day
dream bout what ever he could think of (Howard 11). Guess I would do the same
if I was forced to sit in a school house some days myself. Now your probably
thinkin why I said most in sted of all weekdays, well Sam did’nt care for his
schoolin much and often played hooky (Paine 14). Ya see, cause of Sam’s funny
personality he was often switched. Ol’e Mrs. Elizabeth Horr could never forget
that mam’s name. Ya see dat was Sam’s teacher, he did’nt think of her as that
though. In Sam’s mind Mrs. Elizabeth was a jail keeper (Eaton 27). So we use
ta go in sit at the port. Hannibal, Mississippi was where we lived, an it was a
big river town (Encarta 1994). Sam loved them steam boats, he could sit dare an
look it em all day, and he usually did. Course me bein his best of friends was
always there wit em, did’nt care for em much myself so Sam would always make up
stories, and adventures to says we was doin, when all we was really doin was
lookin at boats, and missin school of course.
Sam had many of brothers and sisters. I reckon he was never the lonely
type cause he had many of siblins. There was Pamela, who was eight years older
than ourselves. She was well schooled and all, I reckon she even liked it!
(Howard 5). Orion was eight years older too. Then there was Benjamin, never
got to know him well cause he died at only ten and there was the little brother,
Henry (Paine 16).
Anyways, our schoolin continued, dull as ever. Well before we known it
we had ourselves out that school. So Sam was not really sure bout what he
wanted to do with em’self, so to make some money he followed his brother, Orion
(Encarta). Ya see Orion had ju’s bought himself a local printin press. The
only article prior to the Hannible Press was the Courier so now Hannible had
itself two papers (Howard 115). Now durin this time Sam had been workin for a
Mr. Ament, another local printer, for round two years. So Sam worked under his
older brother bein the printer for the paper (115). Well it was most
unfortunate that they seems to be carryin some bad luck on their shoulders from
the beginn’in. The press caught on fire, it was only a small one but them fire
fighters did’nt help the problem much when they doused the water all over the
equipment. Anyways that there was the least of their problems. Back around
that time an epidemic struck the Mississippi. Cholera struck hard and
devastated many of people. Now cause people could’nt work they had to make
trades for goods, and barterin did’t do much good for Sam and Orion (117). But
they were no quitters, they stuck to it and Sam started gettin bored of write’in
the same ol’e things so he turned a little creative. Sam bein born funny,
started slippin jokes in the paper and made up names to call himself (119).
Well Orion wanted a proper, ol’e fashioned kinda paper. This caused for some
quarrel’in in between the two and I reckon Sam could’n stand for it no longer,
so he grab himself his belongings and left for St. Louis to visit his sister
Elizabeth and find himself a job. He did’t plan on stay’in there for long
though. Sam only wanted to make enough money to go to New York (Paine 52).
Well Sam’s plans did not exactly go as he reckoned they would. He had
many print’in jobs cross the whole country. Dur’in this time Sam met a fella
named Burruogh. He was in to literature and was a well read man. He had quite
the influence on Sam and turned him on to read’in. Eventually, Sam returned
back in St. Louis and worked for the Evening News. Well by this time it was
spring and Orion got himself a wife and moved to Iowa. Sam came to visit his
brother in Iowa and found Henry, his younger brother, now 17, there too.
Well life was like ol’e times for a while. The three brothers lived
together in Orion’s house. This is the period of time when Sam was turned on to
music. It happened after a music teacher, who lived on the floor below, was
flat out sick and tired of be’in the focus of Sam’s noise and pranks that they
would play on him. He would come upstairs to reprimand them. Sam would usually
reply with one of his regular wise cracks but one day Sam tried som’in a bit out
the ordinary. In an attempt to be funny he was overly polite to the teacher.
To his surprise, the man was nice back and before you could blink your own eye
Sam was a musician (60).
He was bout 20 years of age now and was quite the ladie’s man. But
don’t think for a second that Sam was close to a gentleman. The ladie’s along
with everybody else liked Sam for his outgo’in personality. Although he was a
partier dur’in the sun’s hours at night you could predict that the only place he
would be found was in his bed, propped up by a pillow, smok’in his pipe and
read’in a book (61). Life was good for the boys and not a day passed without a
Unfortunately good things can only last so long. Orion’s paper was not
mak’in him enough to cover his expenses. After much struggl’in he wrote home in
distraught to his mama, who was now liv’in with Pamela. The note told of an
adventure that Orion would go on in the Amazon (62). His interest was sparked
after read’in a book by Lynch and Henderson. The book told of the riches that
could be found there in the mines of the rain forest. Now if you have’nt gotten
the idea that Sam was the adventurous type, you have’nt been listen’in proper,
cause thats what he lived for! If you think that Sam would miss a chance to not
only ride on a steam boat to South America but also go on an adventure in the
Amazon you are beyond fix’in (64). Anyway it took him round a year to raise
enough money to go to the Amazon but he finally had it and set forth on the Paul
Jones down the Mississippi to New Orleans. Sam reckoned the voyage would take
bout a week of time but his foresee’in was more than just a bit off (70).
Horace Bixby was cap’tn of the boat. I reckon his day started off jus
as any other, that is until he met Sam of course. It all happened when Horace
spotted that a man, now 21 years of age, had been star’in at him for hours.
When Horace’s shift was over he left the pilot house. As soon as he opened that
door Sam was in his face ask’in questions bout his job and how liked it. Their
conversations and friendliness kept for the rest of the trip. But at the end
Sam left it jus like all the other passengers.
Sam noticed an ol’e dock hand lean’in up against a pole. Sam was down
right puzzled when the man laughed at Sam’s question. He replied There have
never been no steamers sail’in to the Amazon round here! It was then and there
when Sam realized that the Mississippi was his river and that pilot’in it had
been his biggest dream. So Sam went search’in for Bixby and found em too. He
asked him if he could be a cub on the boat and Bixby had no problem with it
cause Sam had been so friendly and all. So Sam worked the river for four years
and ventually became himself a cap’tn (Howard 122). Word got around that Sam
was one of the best cap’tns on that river. Mr. Bixby was proud and Sam loved
that river more than life it’self and planed to spend it on the Mississippi
(133). I’m sure he woulda done it till he was able to but someth’in came up.
One night there was a horrible accident. There was a ship who’s had
them selves a boiler explosion. Henry was on that boat and went to swim to a
nearby shore. But Henry heard scream’in and went back to save people. He never
made it and drowned. This was not the only thing that made Sam depressed these
days (Paine 91).
Unfortunately when Sam turned 26 years of age boats were halted go’in up
and down the river cause of the war. Ya see the Yankees has been on us bout how
slaves are immoral and all, and them plantation owners would’n got no notes if
it warn’t for their niggers (133). So as anyone coulda guessed the country
broke out into an all out brawl over the matter. Course this meant dat any man
worthy of any respect at all was go’in to fight for em selves and their good ol’
e south, so for a short period of time he did but Sam thought that slavery was
wrong. He felt for it so strong that he woulda joined emself en the Yank’s side
but he would be fightin his friends and neighbors (Howard 134).
By this time Orion’s print’in business had failed. But Orion’s second
cousin was a rich boy. He was able to fix up Orion with a proper job. Nevada
was a new territory and it needed itself a Territorial Secretary. This job was
much like be’in a governor and was considered a real honor. There was one
problem left to resolve. It would take Orion all of one-hundred and fifty
dollars. Well that was no problem that Sam could’nt solve cause he had himself
three-hundred dollars right in his own pocket. Now if I am do’in my math proper
this would mean that two people would have themselves a ticket to Nevada. Well
I must to done it right cause they did jus’ that. Sam’s plan to make money
would be to mine silver (135). Well Sam’s luck at min’in was not very prosper.
He barely made enough to survive the winter. But although times were tough he
was always able to make his colleagues and himself laugh dur’in the worst of
times. Dur’in this period Sam would write humorous letters to Orion. Well
Orion knew of his li’l brothers problems. In an attempt to help him he showed
Sam’s letters to the local paper. The owner of the Territorial Enterprise found
exactly what he wanted (137). It was August when Sam started writ’in for the
paper. But prior to writ’in a stitch Sam wanted to create a name for himself
that would stick. He thought long and hard, think’in how great life used to be
on the Mississippi. Suddenly his eyes took on a glare and his face was
perplexed. He had a big smile on his face and through his smil’in mouth came
the words Mark Twain. It was a river term that told the cap’tn how deep the
water was (15). Well Sam though he had good ideas bout write’in so he set off
to be a free lance writer. To make money in between he mined for gold. One day
while sitt’in on a rock next to the mountain side he heard some men talk’in of
frog races. This took Sam’s mind to the past, his uncle use to have a pet frog.
So he started write’in what came to mind and before he coulda known it himself
he had a completed story in front of his eyes (142).
Sam sent his story to a local newspaper. Well The Bullfrog Of
Calaveras County was the talk of the town! Before he known it himself Sam
stories were be’in published all over the country (143).
I reckon it was late May of 1864 when Sam left for the West coast.
Twain’s reason for leav’in Nevada for California was because of a duel. The
duel was really somewhat of a publicity stunt. It was arranged in between Sam
and a rival paper to the Call, the paper that Sam was write’in for (Paine 137).
When Sam got there he found the city filled wit beautiful flowers and roll’in
green hills. Sam found the location perfect for his write’in. He was relaxed
here and could concentrate (Eaton 143). Sam’s job was to venture out into the
city’s night life. It was filled with shows and entertainment! Sam’s job was to
report and critique the shows he attended, he loved it at first but soon got
sick of all the lights and glamour (145). But Sam kept at it. He had one
reason for wak’in up every day. You see Sam joined a literary group, it was his
moment of sunshine dur’in an otherwise dismal day (146). But Sam could barely
take the his monotonous job for another day, he was bout to quit when BOOM. Now
I have never been to the West myself but Sam told me out there they have these
happen’ins they call earthquakes. It must be strange to be in one. Everything
shakes and whole build’ins can fall down! Anyways for Sam this earthquake
brought bout much to write about. For many days he made reports bout what
happened to people and their homes and things of the sort. But eventually
California got themselves some carpenters to fix everyth’in and that was the end
of that topic (146).
So I reckon you believe how happy Sam was when he got word from Joe
Goodman to rejoin the Enterprise. Sam would act as their Western reporter and
would free to write bout what ever he chose (147). Well every thing was go’in
fine until Sam’s friend and roommate Steve Gillis almost killed a barkeeper! He
was put in jail for attempted murder. So be’in the kind that Sam was, he
posted his friend’s bail. Well the word got out that this barkeeper was friends
with the Sheriff. This meant that Steve had no chance of gett’in a fair trial.
So like any man would, Steve fled to Virginia. Well when he did’nt show up in
court they went after Sam’s bail money. But no worry, cause Sam got word of it
before they found him.
Steve’s brother Jim came to town and told Sam that he could stay with
him in his cabin in the Tuollumne hills (148). Jim was what was called a
pocket miner. These people were miners that would look for gold in abandoned
mines. So Sam learned the trade of pocket min’in. They roamed area which is
now Yosemite park scout’in for gold. Sam did this for weeks mak’in enough to
survive (149). Eventually Sam’s short attention span caught up with him. Like
every thing else Sam got sick of min’in and be’in so far away from, well,
everything! So he set down his pails and headed back to San Fransico (150).
Upon his return Sam was contracted by the Sacremento Union to write some
stories bout the Hawaiian group. Well within moments Sam had himself on a boat
to the islands. He would often refer to his time on the islands as one of the
best in his whole, ttire life, a golden memory as he put so himself . Sam was
in his 30s, his prime and was filled with adventure and energy. He traveled all
over the island and sent back detailed reports (Paine 148). California and Sam
himself were both amazed with the write’in that Mark Twain was creat’in. Sam
wanted to refine his skills and better himself. His first step toward his goal
was to return to California (150). Sam begun to give lectures, at the start of
it they were refined to San Fransisco and then to the state. The results were
amazing. I don’t think I have ever seen so many of people in one room before!
Well cause of these results Sam ventured out to many big cities of the country.
Now if you were to pick one place where the most people were would come to see
Sam’s lectures were would you go? New York, New York of course (160). The
lectures that Sam gave in New York were probably what kicked off his pathway to
national fame (162).
Dur’in his travels Sam met a man named Charles Langdon. They became
good friends. Sam spent Christmas in New York with Charles. It is here where
he met Olivia Langdon (Eaton 178). It was love at first sight, I must say she
was a mighty fine woman, she was! The two stared at each other through out
dinner at the Langdon’s house. Olivia found Sam the most interest’in person she
had ever met (179). They saw each other again on New Year’s Day and became even
more friendly with each other, even more than prior (182).
Duty called Sam to Washington, where he would give two speeches. At
this point Sam’s life took a turn. He realized that he was not meant to be a
reporter but an author (183). He started write’in quickly, his goal was to
finish a manuscript as soon as possible (184). The result was The Innocent
Abroad Sam’s first novel. The story told of Sam’s trip on the Quaker , a large
sailboat, with six other men. He was on the ship to tour Europe and lecture in
the some of the big cities (163 Paine).
In the meantime Sam was invited to spend two days with the Langdon
family. Everyone was happy to see him. For two days he tried to lure Olivia
towards engag’in her in some personal conversation (186 Eaton). Within a short
period of time Sam had convinced Olivia into marry’in him (187). February 2,
1870 was the day that Sam finally got married, well I can say it was bout time!
He did not want to separate the Langdon family so Sam decided to move nearby to
Olivia’s home town, Elmira, so Sam and his new wife moved to Buffalo, New York
Almost as soon as the couple moved in they experienced themselves some
problems. Olivia’s father passed away leav’in her grief stricken. Olivia got
herself into a state of depression, mak’in her weak and confined her to her bed.
In November the couple had a premature baby boy named Langdon. But instead of
bring’in the family joy it worsened them. Because the baby was born early it
was weak and sickly, not to good. How could a man possibly concentrate in such
a mess? Well he simply could’nt! Sam noticed that ever since they moved to
Buffalo his wife and himself were not the happy people they used to be (192).
So when Sam received the invitation to spend the summer at Quarry Farm
from Mrs. Crane there was no doubt in his mind to accept. Mrs. Crane was the
sister of Olivia’s mama. She lived on a farm that had huge views of roll’in
green hills which helped to inspire Sam an his write’in (186 Paine). By the
end of the summer, Sam had finished his book, Roughing It. It was bout his
adventures out in the western territory.
At the summer’s end the family chose on mov’in to Hartford, Connecticut,
a thriv’in city that was filled with literary publishers and clubs of that sort
1872 was a year of change for Sam and his family. In March his second
child was born Susy Clemens. But three months later Langdon died of a heavy
cold (198). Later that year Sam’s adventures spanned to England, his mission
was to collect information bout their customs for a new book that he planned to
start. He returned in November that same year. His plans changed, Sam
abandoned his idea and started a new fiction book called The Gilded Age. It was
well known and loved by many people, jus like all of his other write’ins of
Lov’in England so much, Sam returned there with his family. He stayed
himself there for a complete two years. Dur’in this time he had met with many
famous authors and lectured all over England (199). On his arrival home Sam
started write’in Tom Sawyer. It was bout his child hood :grow’in up on the
Mississippi. It was to be one of his most famous books (200). I guess he must ‘
av been feel’in mighty high spirited cause Sam continued on write’in. He wrote
Sketches New and Old which would have been a tremendous seller if it were by any
other author, but for Sam it was a relatively small potatoes (209).
Sam’s next big accomplishment was The Prince and the Pauper , his first
play. The story was bout Henry VIII. Sam got the idea after read’in The Prince
and the Page, a well known story (219).
By now Sam had himself three children Susy, Clara and Jean (Howard 157).
It was at this time when Sam decided to write The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
(Eaton 217). Now Sam wrote many a books but this was by far the most excellent
thing that was ever written, and I can’t help lik’in the name of it! It sold
like a madman, bring’in Sam tons of letters and comments bout his novel.
After write’in many famous books Sam did someth’in he had been long’in
for. Sam returned to the Mississippi. There he met up with some ole friends
and saw ole sites. For a moment Sam was liv’in his child hood. Everybody he
knew had read all of his books and the all the people decorated their town for
Sam’s return. As Sam stepped off the boat he said Has Missouri changed the
date of the 4th of July? (Howard 166). The next day Sam was invited to attend
the christen’in of a new steam boat. The champagne bottle cracked and the
wooden planks that held it in place slipped off the ship reveal’in the name
MARK TWAIN (168).
Years later Sam laid in his bed. He was now an old man with only Clara
left. His whole family had died. He sat in bed remember’in how he had seen
Halley’s comet when he was little. Now 77 years later Sam saw the comet again
on the night of April 21, 1910. This was one of the lasts things he saw. Cause
that night Sam passed into a long sleep that still has yet to end (173).
I went on bein’ a sheriff in Montana. But this story ain’t bout myself,
it’s bout my friend Sam.
a.k.a.: Huckleberry Finn
Note: This paper was written in a dialect used by Huck. There are many
spelling and grammatical errors but all are intessional (just kidding, bout –).
They are there to represent the dialogue of Huck. I have edited it many times
to be sure ALL the errors now in the paper are intentional! I have sat through
my spell check alerting me that almost every word was spelled wrong just to
eliminate unintentional errors.
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn II
In the novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn the setting has a large
influence on Huck’s character. The period of time that Huck lived in was a
distinct era. The country was changing rapidly. During this period steam
engines enabled rivers to be used as mass transportation, an idea that had never
been explored until now. Waterways were the first way in which large amounts of
goods could be transported efficiently. This drastically changed much of the
nation’s economy. Huge factories were built in the north and southern
plantations tripled their production by using machines. There were many traits
of this era that can be seen by looking at the components of Huck’s character,
his language, actions and thoughts. Some of these traits are sutle and can be
easily missed but others are very obvious and powerful. This period of change
was the setting of Huck’s childhood.
One trait that is indicative of the era is the social class of Huck and
Huck’s language. It is greatly affected by his social class and setting. The
broken English is a sign of Huck’s low social class. In addition it also shows
that he is from a southern river town. This can be seen from his expressions
and accent. The language of the novel also assists the reader to get into the
laid back, southern mood of the book. By doing so the story is brought to life.
It seems as if someone were to bring you back to the time when the novel and the
events in it occurred.
Because of the rules of the time that Huck’s character is governed upon,
Huck was never educated. During the early 1800s there was no law that required
children to go to school, therefore his low intellect has a strong impact on
Huck’s character. It gives him a plain and simple outlook on life, this
trait can been seen throughout the book in Huck’s character. One specific area
it affects is Huck’s plans for his future. Huck only thought about what he was
going to do for present. Huck had an incapable father. He was thought of as
the town drunk, and would often come home intoxicated and abuse Huck.At one
point his father locked Huck up in a small room without food or water for days.
The setting is important here because if Huck’s father were to treat his son in
an abusive manner today, he would lose custody of his child. A good example of
Huck’s unloving relationship was Huck’s reaction to his father’s death.When
notified of his death he was relieved and felt safe! This detail can be used to
illustrate the abuse that Huck went through in the beginning of the book, while
living with his father. Because of Huck’s father’s irresponsible actions, Huck
ran away at a young age in the hope that someday he would find freedom from his
father and society.By running away Huck saved himself from abuse and being
taken advantage of. One of the things Huck saved himself from was having 6,000
dollars, that Huck was awarded for the capture of two criminals in Tom Sawyer,
being stolen from him by his father.
Huck’s separation from his father is also the reason for his free
thinking, responsibility and innocence. These times of hardship formed him into
a mature person and helped contribute to his independent personality. Without
the influence of the setting Huck would have never been able to achieve the
freedom that he had by being independent.
When Huck ran away he joined up with Jim, who was also running away, but
from something different. Jim was fleeing from slavery, a common practice of
the time. Huck’s relationship with Jim contributed to Huck’s non-prejudice
thinking. Another factor that gave Huck a understanding of how the slaves must
have felt was the prejudice that he experienced himself , being part of the
lower class. Huck was infuriated when people looked down upon him for something
that was no fault of his, he was born into the class because of his father’s
social status. For these reasons Huck always treated Jim as an equal, making
Huck ahead of his time. Jim knew that Huck respected him, as a result Jim
risked his own life to save Huck.
Huck’s independence and lack of education resulted in a mind that was
never influenced by adult’s beliefs. This allowed Huck to have thoughts based
on what he believed in, not traditions that are simply carried on by messengers
of the past’s beliefs. Although traditions are often good they prevent new
ideas from entering people’s minds.This made Huck original, this
individuality could be seen with his relationship with Jim. During this period
of American history slaves were looked down upon, but Huck, being an
independent thinker, looked up to Jim for who he was, not for the color of his
skin. This was made obvious by their moon lit conversations on the raft. On
the raft Huck and Jim talked about their past and future, friends and how they
planned to avoid trouble that could result from their next adventure. From the
raft conversations the reader was able to see how Jim longed for freedom and had
feelings just like everyone else, especially Huck.
As the novel progressed Huck’s relationship with Jim grew stronger. In
the beginning of the book Huck often called Jim Nigger Jim.” This was not
because of any hatred that Huck had towards Jim. It was only a term commonly
used to refer to blacks. But by the end of the book Huck would only call Jim by
his name. This change in dialogue clearly illustrates how the relationship grew
stronger during their adventures. By the end of the novel Huck risked his own
life to free Jim in the final escape attempt. This happened when Huck and Tom
freed Jim from a holding cell. They were spotted, chased and then shot at by
the men who had captured Jim. If the story were to take place in another time,
where slavery did not exist, it could have hid Huck’s individuality that slavery
shed light on.
During the river adventures that Huck and Jim shared Huck realized that
because of his economic status he was dependent on the river to survive. This
can clearly be seen by looking at the origin of his name Huckleberry. He was
given this name because at a young age he had been eating huckleberries. His
dependence made him loyal to the Mississippi River. The personification of the
river that Huck uses clearly shows his feelings and thankfulness to the river.
The personification also helped show how important the river was to not only
Huck but to all of the river towns.