The Adventures Of Huckleberry FinnTom Kelly”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 byMr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There were things which hestreched, but mainly he told the truth. That ain’ nothing. I never seenanybody 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 WidowDouglas, 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 writeall these things bout our adventures. So listen an maybe you might even learn alittle 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 beexact. But that ain’t how Sam’s Pa spoke of it. He had to go maki’n big, fancyspeeches and things of that sort at the party. But after all that mubl’in wehad a purdy good time. As a matter of fact as I recall that day it was almostpur’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 timeat his best friend’s bert’day party.I was at Sam’s house. Course I warn’t de only one dare. His Pa, JudgeClemens and Ma, Miss Jane Lampton, till she married of course, was dare and Ireckon his whole ‘tire family must da been at dat house, can’t barely rememberit was only his fourth birthday back in 1839 (Howard 1). Ya, me and Sam beenfriends ever since he moved here, best friends too, he was born an lived inFlorida, Missouri prior to now. He moved here at the start of this year.
Seelots of people don’t give me much thought cause me bein uneducated and havin aPa like I do an all. That all changed though, Sam was the type dat even likedthe niggers, so I be surprised if he thought of me differently than any other(Paine 4).Sam’s family had’nt got that much money either but his Pa sure was oneof them educated types. He was a lawyer and a judge and people looked up to himfor jus dat (Howard 5).
Actually, speakin of money I had some myself, bout6,000 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 likedlivin simple an all.
But some people spend all their time day dreamin bout thestuff. Sam’s Pa and Sam certainly had somethin in common then cause JudgeClemens is always thinkin of all these ways to be prosper. And Sam jus daydream bout what ever he could think of (Howard 11). Guess I would do the sameif I was forced to sit in a school house some days myself. Now your probablythinkin why I said most in sted of all weekdays, well Sam did’nt care for hisschoolin much and often played hooky (Paine 14).
Ya see, cause of Sam’s funnypersonality he was often switched. Ol’e Mrs. Elizabeth Horr could never forgetthat mam’s name. Ya see dat was Sam’s teacher, he did’nt think of her as thatthough. In Sam’s mind Mrs. Elizabeth was a jail keeper (Eaton 27).
So we useta go in sit at the port. Hannibal, Mississippi was where we lived, an it was abig river town (Encarta 1994). Sam loved them steam boats, he could sit dare anlook it em all day, and he usually did. Course me bein his best of friends wasalways there wit em, did’nt care for em much myself so Sam would always make upstories, and adventures to says we was doin, when all we was really doin waslookin at boats, and missin school of course.Sam had many of brothers and sisters. I reckon he was never the lonelytype cause he had many of siblins.
There was Pamela, who was eight years olderthan 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, nevergot 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 itwe had ourselves out that school. So Sam was not really sure bout what hewanted 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.
Theonly article prior to the Hannible Press was the Courier so now Hannible haditself two papers (Howard 115). Now durin this time Sam had been workin for aMr. Ament, another local printer, for round two years. So Sam worked under hisolder brother bein the printer for the paper (115). Well it was mostunfortunate that they seems to be carryin some bad luck on their shoulders fromthe beginn’in.
The press caught on fire, it was only a small one but them firefighters did’nt help the problem much when they doused the water all over theequipment. Anyways that there was the least of their problems. Back aroundthat time an epidemic struck the Mississippi. Cholera struck hard anddevastated many of people. Now cause people could’nt work they had to maketrades for goods, and barterin did’t do much good for Sam and Orion (117). Butthey were no quitters, they stuck to it and Sam started gettin bored of write’inthe 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 somequarrel’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 sisterElizabeth and find himself a job. He did’t plan on stay’in there for longthough. 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 hadmany print’in jobs cross the whole country. Dur’in this time Sam met a fellanamed Burruogh. He was in to literature and was a well read man.
He had quitethe influence on Sam and turned him on to read’in. Eventually, Sam returnedback in St. Louis and worked for the Evening News. Well by this time it wasspring and Orion got himself a wife and moved to Iowa. Sam came to visit hisbrother 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 livedtogether in Orion’s house.
This is the period of time when Sam was turned on tomusic. It happened after a music teacher, who lived on the floor below, wasflat out sick and tired of be’in the focus of Sam’s noise and pranks that theywould play on him. He would come upstairs to reprimand them. Sam would usuallyreply with one of his regular wise cracks but one day Sam tried som’in a bit outthe 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 eyeSam was a musician (60).He was bout 20 years of age now and was quite the ladie’s man. Butdon’t think for a second that Sam was close to a gentleman. The ladie’s alongwith everybody else liked Sam for his outgo’in personality. Although he was apartier dur’in the sun’s hours at night you could predict that the only place hewould be found was in his bed, propped up by a pillow, smok’in his pipe andread’in a book (61).
Life was good for the boys and not a day passed without alaugh.Unfortunately good things can only last so long. Orion’s paper was notmak’in him enough to cover his expenses. After much struggl’in he wrote home indistraught to his mama, who was now liv’in with Pamela.
The note told of anadventure that Orion would go on in the Amazon (62). His interest was sparkedafter read’in a book by Lynch and Henderson. The book told of the riches thatcould be found there in the mines of the rain forest.
Now if you have’nt gottenthe 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 notonly ride on a steam boat to South America but also go on an adventure in theAmazon you are beyond fix’in (64). Anyway it took him round a year to raiseenough money to go to the Amazon but he finally had it and set forth on the PaulJones down the Mississippi to New Orleans. Sam reckoned the voyage would takebout 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 jusas any other, that is until he met Sam of course. It all happened when Horacespotted 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 thatdoor Sam was in his face ask’in questions bout his job and how liked it. Theirconversations and friendliness kept for the rest of the trip. But at the endSam left it jus like all the other passengers.Sam noticed an ol’e dock hand lean’in up against a pole.
Sam was downright puzzled when the man laughed at Sam’s question. He replied There havenever been no steamers sail’in to the Amazon round here! It was then and therewhen Sam realized that the Mississippi was his river and that pilot’in it hadbeen his biggest dream. So Sam went search’in for Bixby and found em too. Heasked him if he could be a cub on the boat and Bixby had no problem with itcause Sam had been so friendly and all. So Sam worked the river for four yearsand ventually became himself a cap’tn (Howard 122).
Word got around that Samwas one of the best cap’tns on that river. Mr. Bixby was proud and Sam lovedthat 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 hadthem selves a boiler explosion. Henry was on that boat and went to swim to anearby shore.
But Henry heard scream’in and went back to save people. He nevermade it and drowned. This was not the only thing that made Sam depressed thesedays (Paine 91).Unfortunately when Sam turned 26 years of age boats were halted go’in upand down the river cause of the war.
Ya see the Yankees has been on us bout howslaves are immoral and all, and them plantation owners would’n got no notes ifit warn’t for their niggers (133). So as anyone coulda guessed the countrybroke out into an all out brawl over the matter. Course this meant dat any manworthy 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 waswrong. He felt for it so strong that he woulda joined emself en the Yank’s sidebut he would be fightin his friends and neighbors (Howard 134).By this time Orion’s print’in business had failed. But Orion’s secondcousin was a rich boy. He was able to fix up Orion with a proper job.
Nevadawas a new territory and it needed itself a Territorial Secretary. This job wasmuch like be’in a governor and was considered a real honor. There was oneproblem left to resolve. It would take Orion all of one-hundred and fiftydollars.
Well that was no problem that Sam could’nt solve cause he had himselfthree-hundred dollars right in his own pocket. Now if I am do’in my math properthis would mean that two people would have themselves a ticket to Nevada. WellI must to done it right cause they did jus’ that. Sam’s plan to make moneywould 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 hewas always able to make his colleagues and himself laugh dur’in the worst oftimes. Dur’in this period Sam would write humorous letters to Orion.
WellOrion knew of his li’l brothers problems. In an attempt to help him he showedSam’s letters to the local paper. The owner of the Territorial Enterprise foundexactly what he wanted (137).
It was August when Sam started writ’in for thepaper. But prior to writ’in a stitch Sam wanted to create a name for himselfthat would stick. He thought long and hard, think’in how great life used to beon the Mississippi.
Suddenly his eyes took on a glare and his face wasperplexed. He had a big smile on his face and through his smil’in mouth camethe words Mark Twain. It was a river term that told the cap’tn how deep thewater was (15).
Well Sam though he had good ideas bout write’in so he set offto be a free lance writer. To make money in between he mined for gold. One daywhile sitt’in on a rock next to the mountain side he heard some men talk’in offrog 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 himselfhe had a completed story in front of his eyes (142).Sam sent his story to a local newspaper. Well The Bullfrog OfCalaveras County was the talk of the town! Before he known it himself Samstories 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. Theduel was really somewhat of a publicity stunt. It was arranged in between Samand 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’ingreen hills. Sam found the location perfect for his write’in. He was relaxedhere and could concentrate (Eaton 143).
Sam’s job was to venture out into thecity’s night life. It was filled with shows and entertainment! Sam’s job was toreport and critique the shows he attended, he loved it at first but soon gotsick of all the lights and glamour (145). But Sam kept at it. He had onereason for wak’in up every day. You see Sam joined a literary group, it was hismoment of sunshine dur’in an otherwise dismal day (146). But Sam could barelytake the his monotonous job for another day, he was bout to quit when BOOM. NowI have never been to the West myself but Sam told me out there they have thesehappen’ins they call earthquakes.
It must be strange to be in one. Everythingshakes and whole build’ins can fall down! Anyways for Sam this earthquakebrought bout much to write about. For many days he made reports bout whathappened to people and their homes and things of the sort.
But eventuallyCalifornia got themselves some carpenters to fix everyth’in and that was the endof that topic (146).So I reckon you believe how happy Sam was when he got word from JoeGoodman to rejoin the Enterprise. Sam would act as their Western reporter andwould free to write bout what ever he chose (147). Well every thing was go’infine until Sam’s friend and roommate Steve Gillis almost killed a barkeeper! Hewas put in jail for attempted murder. So be’in the kind that Sam was, heposted his friend’s bail. Well the word got out that this barkeeper was friendswith 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 incourt they went after Sam’s bail money. But no worry, cause Sam got word of itbefore they found him.Steve’s brother Jim came to town and told Sam that he could stay withhim 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 abandonedmines. So Sam learned the trade of pocket min’in.
They roamed area which isnow Yosemite park scout’in for gold. Sam did this for weeks mak’in enough tosurvive (149). Eventually Sam’s short attention span caught up with him.
Likeevery 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 somestories bout the Hawaiian group. Well within moments Sam had himself on a boatto the islands. He would often refer to his time on the islands as one of thebest in his whole, ttire life, a golden memory as he put so himself . Sam wasin his 30s, his prime and was filled with adventure and energy. He traveled allover the island and sent back detailed reports (Paine 148). California and Samhimself were both amazed with the write’in that Mark Twain was creat’in.
Samwanted to refine his skills and better himself. His first step toward his goalwas to return to California (150). Sam begun to give lectures, at the start ofit they were refined to San Fransisco and then to the state. The results wereamazing. 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 seeSam’s lectures were would you go? New York, New York of course (160). Thelectures that Sam gave in New York were probably what kicked off his pathway tonational fame (162).
Dur’in his travels Sam met a man named Charles Langdon. They becamegood friends. Sam spent Christmas in New York with Charles. It is here wherehe met Olivia Langdon (Eaton 178). It was love at first sight, I must say shewas a mighty fine woman, she was! The two stared at each other through outdinner at the Langdon’s house. Olivia found Sam the most interest’in person shehad ever met (179).
They saw each other again on New Year’s Day and became evenmore friendly with each other, even more than prior (182).Duty called Sam to Washington, where he would give two speeches. Atthis point Sam’s life took a turn. He realized that he was not meant to be areporter but an author (183). He started write’in quickly, his goal was tofinish a manuscript as soon as possible (184).
The result was The InnocentAbroad Sam’s first novel. The story told of Sam’s trip on the Quaker , a largesailboat, with six other men. He was on the ship to tour Europe and lecture inthe some of the big cities (163 Paine).In the meantime Sam was invited to spend two days with the Langdonfamily.
Everyone was happy to see him. For two days he tried to lure Oliviatowards engag’in her in some personal conversation (186 Eaton). Within a shortperiod 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 toOlivia’s home town, Elmira, so Sam and his new wife moved to Buffalo, New York(190).
Almost as soon as the couple moved in they experienced themselves someproblems. Olivia’s father passed away leav’in her grief stricken. Olivia gotherself 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 ofbring’in the family joy it worsened them.
Because the baby was born early itwas weak and sickly, not to good. How could a man possibly concentrate in sucha mess? Well he simply could’nt! Sam noticed that ever since they moved toBuffalo 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 Farmfrom Mrs. Crane there was no doubt in his mind to accept. Mrs.
Crane was thesister of Olivia’s mama. She lived on a farm that had huge views of roll’ingreen hills which helped to inspire Sam an his write’in (186 Paine). By theend of the summer, Sam had finished his book, Roughing It. It was bout hisadventures 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(Paine 189).1872 was a year of change for Sam and his family. In March his secondchild was born Susy Clemens. But three months later Langdon died of a heavycold (198). Later that year Sam’s adventures spanned to England, his missionwas to collect information bout their customs for a new book that he planned tostart. He returned in November that same year. His plans changed, Samabandoned his idea and started a new fiction book called The Gilded Age. It waswell known and loved by many people, jus like all of his other write’ins ofcourse.Lov’in England so much, Sam returned there with his family. He stayedhimself there for a complete two years. Dur’in this time he had met with manyfamous authors and lectured all over England (199). On his arrival home Samstarted write’in Tom Sawyer. It was bout his child hood :grow’in up on theMississippi. 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 wroteSketches New and Old which would have been a tremendous seller if it were by anyother author, but for Sam it was a relatively small potatoes (209).Sam’s next big accomplishment was The Prince and the Pauper , his firstplay. The story was bout Henry VIII. Sam got the idea after read’in The Princeand 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 excellentthing that was ever written, and I can’t help lik’in the name of it! It soldlike 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’infor. Sam returned to the Mississippi. There he met up with some ole friendsand saw ole sites. For a moment Sam was liv’in his child hood. Everybody heknew had read all of his books and the all the people decorated their town forSam’s return. As Sam stepped off the boat he said Has Missouri changed thedate of the 4th of July? (Howard 166). The next day Sam was invited to attendthe christen’in of a new steam boat. The champagne bottle cracked and thewooden 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 Claraleft. His whole family had died. He sat in bed remember’in how he had seenHalley’s comet when he was little. Now 77 years later Sam saw the comet againon the night of April 21, 1910. This was one of the lasts things he saw. Causethat 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.-Tom Blankenship a.k.a.: Huckleberry FinnNote: This paper was written in a dialect used by Huck. There are manyspelling and grammatical errors but all are intessional (just kidding, bout –).They are there to represent the dialogue of Huck. I have edited it many timesto be sure ALL the errors now in the paper are intentional! I have sat throughmy spell check alerting me that almost every word was spelled wrong just toeliminate unintentional errors.The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn IIIn the novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn the setting has a largeinfluence on Huck’s character. The period of time that Huck lived in was adistinct era. The country was changing rapidly. During this period steamengines enabled rivers to be used as mass transportation, an idea that had neverbeen explored until now. Waterways were the first way in which large amounts ofgoods could be transported efficiently. This drastically changed much of thenation’s economy. Huge factories were built in the north and southernplantations tripled their production by using machines. There were many traitsof 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 beeasily missed but others are very obvious and powerful. This period of changewas the setting of Huck’s childhood.One trait that is indicative of the era is the social class of Huck andHuck’s language. It is greatly affected by his social class and setting. Thebroken English is a sign of Huck’s low social class. In addition it also showsthat he is from a southern river town. This can be seen from his expressionsand accent. The language of the novel also assists the reader to get into thelaid 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 theevents 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 requiredchildren to go to school, therefore his low intellect has a strong impact onHuck’s character. It gives him a plain and simple outlook on life, thistrait can been seen throughout the book in Huck’s character. One specific areait affects is Huck’s plans for his future. Huck only thought about what he wasgoing to do for present. Huck had an incapable father. He was thought of asthe town drunk, and would often come home intoxicated and abuse Huck.At onepoint 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 inan abusive manner today, he would lose custody of his child. A good example ofHuck’s unloving relationship was Huck’s reaction to his father’s death.Whennotified of his death he was relieved and felt safe! This detail can be used toillustrate the abuse that Huck went through in the beginning of the book, whileliving with his father. Because of Huck’s father’s irresponsible actions, Huckran away at a young age in the hope that someday he would find freedom from hisfather and society.By running away Huck saved himself from abuse and beingtaken advantage of. One of the things Huck saved himself from was having 6,000dollars, 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 freethinking, responsibility and innocence. These times of hardship formed him intoa mature person and helped contribute to his independent personality. Withoutthe influence of the setting Huck would have never been able to achieve thefreedom that he had by being independent.When Huck ran away he joined up with Jim, who was also running away, butfrom something different. Jim was fleeing from slavery, a common practice ofthe time. Huck’s relationship with Jim contributed to Huck’s non-prejudicethinking. Another factor that gave Huck a understanding of how the slaves musthave felt was the prejudice that he experienced himself , being part of thelower class. Huck was infuriated when people looked down upon him for somethingthat was no fault of his, he was born into the class because of his father’ssocial status. For these reasons Huck always treated Jim as an equal, makingHuck ahead of his time. Jim knew that Huck respected him, as a result Jimrisked his own life to save Huck.Huck’s independence and lack of education resulted in a mind that wasnever influenced by adult’s beliefs. This allowed Huck to have thoughts basedon what he believed in, not traditions that are simply carried on by messengersof the past’s beliefs. Although traditions are often good they prevent newideas from entering people’s minds.This made Huck original, thisindividuality could be seen with his relationship with Jim. During this periodof American history slaves were looked down upon, but Huck, being anindependent thinker, looked up to Jim for who he was, not for the color of hisskin. This was made obvious by their moon lit conversations on the raft. Onthe raft Huck and Jim talked about their past and future, friends and how theyplanned to avoid trouble that could result from their next adventure. From theraft conversations the reader was able to see how Jim longed for freedom and hadfeelings just like everyone else, especially Huck.As the novel progressed Huck’s relationship with Jim grew stronger. Inthe beginning of the book Huck often called Jim Nigger Jim.” This was notbecause of any hatred that Huck had towards Jim. It was only a term commonlyused to refer to blacks. But by the end of the book Huck would only call Jim byhis name. This change in dialogue clearly illustrates how the relationship grewstronger during their adventures. By the end of the novel Huck risked his ownlife to free Jim in the final escape attempt. This happened when Huck and Tomfreed Jim from a holding cell. They were spotted, chased and then shot at bythe 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 slaveryshed light on.During the river adventures that Huck and Jim shared Huck realized thatbecause of his economic status he was dependent on the river to survive. Thiscan clearly be seen by looking at the origin of his name Huckleberry. He wasgiven this name because at a young age he had been eating huckleberries. Hisdependence made him loyal to the Mississippi River. The personification of theriver that Huck uses clearly shows his feelings and thankfulness to the river.The personification also helped show how important the river was to not onlyHuck but to all of the river towns.