Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain designed Adventures of Huckleberry to depict the civilized society. The novel consists of forty-three chapters. The story is narrated in the first person point of view with the main character Finn telling the story.


The book is divided into three sections. The first section, Finn stays his Miss Watson and her sister in town. The second part, Finn, and Jim travels down the river. In the last part of the novel, Finn returns to Silas’ homestead to stay with Tom. The river acts as an organizational element in the book, which serves as a timeline for the story line.


In the exposition, Finn introduces himself a character different from Tom Sawyer, the son of a town drunk. He lived with his sister and a widow known as Douglas. As the plot unfolds, the reader becomes aware that Finn did not like civilization as first. In the raising action, Finn’s father discovered that he had some money and kidnaped him into a shack next to the river. He decided to escape after being beaten by Pap. He is forced to fake his death and run away to Jackson Island. He meets Jim, Miss Watson on the island. They letter discovered there were people looking for them on the island and moved to the Mississippi River and up the Ohio River (Twain 1-295).

In the climax, these characters travel for adventure but miss the turnoff into the Ohio River. Theses characters met to con artists the King and Duke, and they have several adventures with these two characters. When they lacked money, King and Duke decided to sell Jim as a slave to Phelps. Finn and Tom struggle to rescue Jim but discover that he was already free. As the story ends, Finn decides to move to a new territory because he did not like civilization (Twain 1-295).

Point of view

Mark Twain uses first person narrative to narrate the story line. It is written in the past tense, and Finn is the protagonist of the novel. This point of view enabled the artist to voice out the needs of the society during modernism (Twain 1-295).


The characters in the novel are believable characters because they depict the actual scenario in the society because Twain gives his characters feelings and dimensions. However, sometimes these characters are just used to convey the author’s main ideas. For example, Finn is a young boy who is compassionate, shrewd, and gullible. In the novel, he appears differently at every stage of the story. At Widow Douglas, he wore decently but lost this appearance after he went out to the river where he lost interest in his appearance and clothes he wore (Twain 107). Therefore, Finn was used to depict the effects of modernism in a developing community.

On the other hand, Jim is a middle-aged slave owned by Widow Douglass. He is caring, fatherly, unselfish, and very protective. He takes good care of Finn like a father. The author used him to gauge the growth of Finn in the novel and make him view slaves as people.

The artist used Jim to depict that the blacks also had feelings just like the other people from the different racial background. Additionally, he used duke and the king to describe the aversion to royalty with the adventures. Finally, he used Pap to illustrate the role of the government in a modern society (Twain 1-295).

Finally, Sawyer is irresponsible, crude, and playful. He is adventurers and does not take things seriously. He represents the typical nature of a young Southern man who likes adventures. He differentiates Finn’s reasonability and initiates the attempt to rescue Jim towards the end of the book. He likes civilization and likes the modern society (Twain 1-295).


The central theme of the book is the development and rebirth in Finn throughout the novel. Whereby, after every adventure in the novel, Finn discovers something new and transforms his character. Another significant theme in the novel is racism and slavery. The story was set when slavery and racial discrimination highly affected the black people in the civilized society. He exposes the hypocrisy of discrimination affects oppressors as well as the oppressed, which in turn creates a world of confusion. For example, Whites with good morals like Sally and Miss Watson show no apprehension on discrimination of slavery or the unkindness of separating Jim from his household(Twain 1-295).

Finally, throughout the book, Twain portrays the community that surrounds Finn as little more than a set of dishonored rules and principles that resist rationality. This defective logic emerges in the initial scenes in the story, when the judge in town permits Pap to retain custody of Finn (Twain 1-295).


Mark Twain used irony to convey the effects of a modern society. He also used dialogs to present different issues related to civilization in the novel. The river Symbol in the book illustrates a representation freedom. Jim symbolizes all slaves in the south, and Widow Douglass and Miss Watson represented society and civilization. The novelist used several images to create mood in the novel. For instance, the Mississippi River is described as enthusiastic and uncontrolled flowing, personifying the type of life admired by Finn. It also makes the readers for the story’s time line because it functions as timeline. The author typically used the southern during the time of civilization. Finally, the artist used several similes in descriptive passages like when he described how the duke and king slept in the novel (Twain 1-295).


Mark Twain used an informal mood and humorous tone. He also shows a little disrespect to the government when Pap was arrested. In the dialog, Jim, and Huck, Twain illustrates his disgust of slavery. The novel is riddled using several satiric, wit, sarcasm, and humorous statement that influence the tone in the story line. For example, when Loftus heard him spin many lies she called him and asked his name (Twain 11).

Scenery and scenario

Sawyer and Finn discovered a gold box in a robber’s cave. Thatcher took the money and invested it for the boys. Whereby, they were given one dollar as an allowance per day. Widow Douglas and Miss Watson took Finn with the aim of transforming him. Finn could withstand being in a clean home and did not like going to school (Twain 1-295). This scenario motivates Finn’s growth through civilization in the novel.

Finally, this paper presented a book report on Adventures of Huckleberry. It presented a report on the genre, character, plot, point of view, style, scenery and scenario, theme and tone. Therefore, the book presented Twain’s image of a civilized society because he developed his characters to represent the cultural aspects of a modern society.

Work cited

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Penguin, 1986. Print

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