Huckleberry Finn: Character Summary and Chapter-by-Chapter Overview

This 10 page paper provides a summary of the characters and a chapter-by-chapter overview of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.

THE MESSAGE OF LIFE IN HUCKLEBERRY FINN

This 5 page paper discusses the theme of humanity in the Mark Twain novel, Huckleberry Finn. This theme is then compared to the Catholic virtures and finds examples of such in the text of Huckleberry Finn. Examples, quotes of the above. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Huckleberry Finn-Storyteller/Hero.

(5 pp) Samuel Clemen's masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) (1884) poses Huckleberry Finn as a hero in his own right. However Huck is a hero on the move; he refers to Tom Sawyer often, but this is still Huck's novel.

The Character of Huckleberry Finn

A 4 page paper which examines the development of the character of Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

The Spirit of Place in the African American Experience

An 8 page paper examining three novels -- Huckleberry Finn, Love is Medicine, and Beloved -- and treating the issue of what constitutes a good place, a spiritual home, in all three works. Huckleberry Finn and Beloved are dealt with most extensively. No sources except books.

Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy

In 5 pages, the author discusses Mark Twain 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Controversy.' Concerning Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' there are several controversies. One controversy is whether the story depicts racism, or represents racism. There is controversy over gender and sexuality. There is also controversy over the ending to the story. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” as an Example of the Realism Style and as a Comment on Racism and Social Darwinism of the Late 19th Century

This is an 8 page paper discussing Huckleberry Finn in relation to racism, realism and social Darwinism. When the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was released in 1884, it was originally thought to be considered racist and has over the years been banned from many reading lists in schools. Upon further reflection however, critics believe that although it appears racist, it was actually Mark Twain’s comment on the racism which existed in the society of his day and was one of the first novels to give slaves and African Americans a character which seemingly is written from the black perspective in Jim. Twain’s works, including Huckleberry Finn were seen as more visionary and depicted the early realism style of the time and the increase in the American writers perspective on social Darwinism which existed in society and seemed as the theory oppressors applied in order to justify slavery and child labour in their markets. Through the character of Huck Finn, Twain used the realistic aspects of colloquial language, a middle-American view of modernization and the unreasonableness of the society of the late 1800s. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Huckleberry Finn: Character Analysis

5 pages in length. The character of Huckleberry Finn, in Mark Twain's classic 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,' effectively incorporates the innocence of a child with the wisdom of tolerance. Indeed, Huckleberry Finn was immune to the racial bigotry of his surrounding community, successfully capable of overlooking a person's skin color or lack of education as a means by which to judge. The writer discusses how this particular aspect of the boy's character clearly addresses the racial open-mindedness that did was nowhere to be found in Finn's society. No additional sources cited.

Storytelling Techniques in Twain's "Was It Heaven? Or Hell?"

A four page paper looking at this unusually melodramatic Mark Twain story in terms of its dramatic construction. The paper shows that Twain, attempting to prove a moral stance similar to the one he held in "Huckleberry Finn," introduces anecdote after anecdote to strengthen his story's theme: that lies and deceptions are sometimes necessary to attain a higher good. No additional sources.

Dramatic Irony in Twain's 'Huckleberry Finn'

A five page paper looking at chapter 31 of Mark Twain's novel, in which Huck decides he’d risk going to Hell to help Jim escape. The paper discusses the dramatic irony at work in this chapter, and shows why Huck's ignorance of the morality of his decision makes it more noble. No additional sources.

Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”: Grades for Teaching Irony, Historical Context and Racism

This is a 3 page paper discussing “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in regards to its place within the educational system and grade levels which can appreciate the work. “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was written by Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910) in 1884 and was originally meant to be read as adult fiction and as a sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” written in 1881, although it is a text which can stand on its own. While the book remains one of the most taught works of American literature, it is considered as difficult to teach and controversial because of the racial content and use of colloquialism. In most cases, the book is left for the higher grade levels ranging from junior high to graduate school because of the racial content and the high level of irony used which could be misunderstood or missed by students in the younger grades. In addition, most critics believe that students should be taught the book in later grades when the students would be able to place the book in a larger historical context. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn vs J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye/ Holden vs Huck #2

In 4 pages the author compares the main characters of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain and 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger. Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield share many similarities and some differences. They are both boys trying to get by the best they know how. Huck Finn lived along the Mississippi River. Holden Caulfield lived in Pennsylvania. Huck Finn was rural. Holden Caulfield was city. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

The Battle Against Society in Twain and Salinger

A seven page paper looking at the way the two adolescent protagonists of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” battle against their respective societies because they instinctively feel that their culture is wrong. Although the issues are very different -- slavery in “Huck Finn”, the emptiness of upper-class values in “Catcher” -- both boys undergo maturational experiences which suggest that they will make a difference in society as they grow up. Bibliography lists three sources.

Huck Finn and Jim’s Trip Down the Mississippi

A 4 page paper which presents a literary map of the journey taken by Huck Finn and Jim down the Mississippi River in Mark Twain’s novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Bibliography lists 1 source.

Huck Finn is Not a Racist Book

A 4 page essay that argues that Huck Finn is not a racist book. It has become a perennial issue that books, even classics, that contain “’racially offensive’” words should be banned from high school curricula and Mark Twain’s classic Huckleberry Finn is always a target of such campaigns (Bertin 18). The irony in this situation is the idea that Mark Twain’s novel could be viewed as anything other than a humanistic classic that stands up for the rights of individuals, particularly blacks, in the face of a societal context that legitimized and tolerated gross racial injustice. Examination of Twain’s classic shows that it is most definitively not racist, but is rather a manifesto against racism, injustice and the glorification of the past. Bibliography lists 5 sources.