December 16, 2004

Huckleberry Finn

Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

I've decided to take a slightly different approach to this novel. My theory: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is pretty much the same as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Lets think. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is wondering around with Jim before he runs into Tom - which is where the book truly resembles Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. While together, Tom and Huck go through everything and then some to pull off a terrific rescue, rather then a practical one, of Jim - then they add a few more tricks just to get some style points.
In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the two main characters wonder around in a constant drug high. Nothing the characters do seems to make any sense at all to those not under the influence of the massive amounts of mixed drugs (including, hopefully, the audience).
Now the connection doesn't seem so random, does it? The details of Tom and Huck's rescue of Jim don't make sense to anyone, including Jim. The rambling of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas don't make sense either.
Can anyone else see the connection or even more of one, or have I gone nuts?

Posted by Diana Geleskie at December 16, 2004 2:01 PM