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.

The Plausibility of Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”

A five page paper which looks at the historical background of Mark Twain’s classic novel. The paper looks at, among other things, the separation of slave families in the antebellum South and the lack of children’s rights in the nineteenth century. Bibliography lists four sources.

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.

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.

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.

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’s Status as Narrator in “Huckleberry Finn”

This is a 4 page paper that provides an overview of "Huckleberry Finn". Huck's status as an ideal narrator is examined. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Huckleberry Finn: Reinforces Or Combats Racist Attitudes?

5 pages in length. The sweet, innocent words of adolescence would never incite any reaction other than the outward appreciation of youth's innocence. Or would they? Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' has been classified as being not only unfit for children but also notoriously racist. Whether or not this is true is solely dependent upon one's personal point of view. While it can be argued that the author was genuinely and accurately portraying the time period this book represents, there are those who contend that this is nothing more than a thin veil of racism. That Twain even somewhat attempts to establish a sense of sympathy for the accused black man demonstrates the author's intent to combat racism amidst the overwhelming sentiment of white privilege. The writer discusses racism as it relates to 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Race and Racial Characteristics in Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”

This 10 page report discusses the racial characteristics and race issue that are repeatedly presented in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The controversy regarding use of the novel in the classroom is that it most certainly does present racist viewpoints in terms of language and attitude but to suggest that this lessens its impact as American literature veers into the realm of censorship. Twain portrays a very realistic speech pattern and conversational style that suits the American South during that time period (Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885.) To assume that Twain is a racist because of his desire for accuracy is simplistic to the point of absurdity. Bibliography lists 5 sources.