Summary of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most famous novels by the American writer Mark Twain, first published in 1855, thanks to the work of Chatto & Windus.

About The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Considered the sequel to Mark Twain’s great novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Huckleberry Finn – as this story is also known – is also understood as one of the great American novels, in which its author manages to expose the majesty of the American landscape while using the passing of the Mississippi, to delve deeper into the southern society of the nineteenth century, to show an X-ray of how this collective assumed issues such as racism, childhood, family or slavery, as well as other great universal themes such as humanity, childhood, faith and superstition, and especially Friendship.

However, in Huckleberry Finn, these human and sociological themes are approached by the author from a certain pessimistic perspective, which is quite different from a certain joy and hope that had characterized his previous works. In this way, Huckleberry Finn will also constitute the first work or the beginning work to a slightly darker stage for Mark Twain, who since then began to construct stories in which his rather diminished faith in Humanity became evident.

Summary of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

As for the content of this novel by Mark Twain, it can basically be said that it is the story of the journey made by Huckleberry and his friend Jim, a fugitive slave from the previous story of the author The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, through the Mississippi River, to Ohio, a state where slavery has been abolished for that moment, and is raised as a hope of new life for the adventurers, who also and Liberty, seek to forget forever their pasts, and really start a new life.

In this way, Mark Twain makes a real sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, starting Huckleberry Finn with a chronology that allows the reader to know all the facts that happened just after the previous story ends. Thus, the author takes a moment to tell how Huck (Huckleberry Finn) and his best friend Tom Sawyer have given life to their idea of becoming great thieves, and have even created their own band, an activity that combines with their games and adventures.

Tom Sawyer’s Adventures shows how this boy is lucky enough to be under the protection of the widow Douglas, whom he continues to enjoy during the development of Hucleberry Finn. However, this second boy, Huck, has not had such a good fate. In fact, his fate is cut short when his evil father suddenly appears, forcing him to live in an ugly house on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he is forced to live against his will.

However, Huck will not resign himself to remain in captivity, so he decides to build a raft with his own hands, and surrender to the current of the river to go towards his Freedom. During the first stages of this new adventure he meets Jim, a runaway slave, with whom Huck is a friend, and with whom he decides to set off on his escape adventure to Ohio.

However, although it may seem like a quiet journey, downstream, in reality this will be a journey full of dangers and adventures, which will be circumvented by these two adventurers, driven by the promise of Freedom. However, towards the end of the work, a major setback will make the journey of Huck and Jim endangered, until another of his great friends comes to their aid: the adventurer Tom Sawyer, who saves the plans of these travelers.

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Summary of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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October 26, 2019

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