October 25, 2004

Why do the good ones have to die?

This is just a short little b**** session about Huckleberry Finn. Why did the Grangerfords have to die? I hate books and films like that; the good, interesting characters go away. It's just not fair!!
I know, I know, I sound like a little kid, but that's how I feel. If I know I'm going to cry or be hurt, I refuse to watch a movie or read a book. I can't stand to be sad. Anyway, I think that if the book would have ended with Huck staying on with the Grangerfords, I would have been perfectly satisfied. Ok, I know that's not the point of the book and that leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but I would have still liked Huck to have lived "happily ever after" with the family. Who know, Huck could have found Jim & he could have worked for him (I know! Jim still wouldn't have been free...) and Huck could have grown up & married one of the daughters.
Wow, I really need a life. I'm rewriting the ending to a literary classic. Hmmm, I still think my ending would be better than all the good people dying.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 25, 2004 01:38 PM
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Katie,

It is sad that the Grangerfords died. I was also expecting Huck to have stayed at their home and eventually marry one of their daughters. It was interesting for awhile how the two families had a feud that went on for years. Hopefully, the ending of the book will be better than what I had expected.

-Nabila

Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 25, 2004 01:42 PM

Katie,
I definately agree i was rather bummed when they died. I thought maybe Huck had found a good family where he could feel comfortable and turn his life around. I also thought maybe he would have had a little romance with one of the girls like Nabila said. But i guess Clemens needed to keep the story going so Huck had to keep floating down the river!

Posted by: ErinManko at October 25, 2004 06:50 PM

I'm so glad to see that there are other romantics in the class!! Maybe we should suggest to Jerz a project...let's rewrite Huck Finn. Ok, silly idea, but it could be fun!

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 26, 2004 07:37 PM

Katie,

I agree that Huck has let Jim suffer by having the king and the duke treat him badly. In my other blog on Chapters 16-31, I have also noticed that when the king and duke painted Jim blue, Huck didn't do anything about it. I do realize that Huck wants to help out Jim, but he not really here whenever he needs. I think Huck is physically here for Jim, but not emotionally. I think Huck knows what is right and wrong from school; however he still didn't develop his sense of respecting other races. Sure, he is nice to Jim and he helps him out, but he tends to ignore Jim whenever he is in real trouble. Either is his ignoring Jim due to the pressures of society or he really doesn't know how to react with a black man when he is in trouble. Do you agree?

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 26, 2004 10:19 PM

Katie,

I agree that Huck has let Jim suffer by having the king and the duke treat him badly. In my other blog on Chapters 16-31, I have also noticed that when the king and duke painted Jim blue, Huck didn't do anything about it. I do realize that Huck wants to help out Jim, but he not really here whenever he needs. I think Huck is physically here for Jim, but not emotionally. I think Huck knows what is right and wrong from school; however he still didn't develop his sense of respecting other races. Sure, he is nice to Jim and he helps him out, but he tends to ignore Jim whenever he is in real trouble. Either is his ignoring Jim due to the pressures of society or he really doesn't know how to react with a black man when he is in trouble. Do you agree?

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 26, 2004 10:19 PM

Katie,

I agree that Huck has let Jim suffer by having the king and the duke treat him badly. In my other blog on Chapters 16-31, I have also noticed that when the king and duke painted Jim blue, Huck didn't do anything about it. I do realize that Huck wants to help out Jim, but he not really here whenever he needs. I think Huck is physically here for Jim, but not emotionally. I think Huck knows what is right and wrong from school; however he still didn't develop his sense of respecting other races. Sure, he is nice to Jim and he helps him out, but he tends to ignore Jim whenever he is in real trouble. Either is his ignoring Jim due to the pressures of society or he really doesn't know how to react with a black man when he is in trouble. Do you agree?

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 26, 2004 10:19 PM

From my point of view, I don't think Huck "conformed" to the pressures of society, but was just influenced by them. I keep forgetting that Huck is really no older than 13 and is still very impressionable. Deep down, I think he's a good kid, but he's never really been exposed to fair treatment of black people, so he just stumbles along and goes with his gut. I believe he feels that Jim is a good person and should be treated as such, but he doesn't know how to deal/react to his feelings. Again, he's a kid and, although that's not an excuse to hurt others, he's being pulled in two different directions-what is right by society's terms and what he feels is right in his heart.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 27, 2004 01:58 PM

Katie L.,

I agree with you about Tom's behavior. There is a limit between exploring and having adventures, but Tom went overboard at times. He made things complicated, while Huck wanted to make a simiplier plan. I found it distrubing when Tom was shot in the leg, and he was proud of it because it will now represent a sovenior. I also noticed how Tom went on and critizied Huck and his ideas. Tom had an attitude with Huck at sometimes, because he wants to be the best.

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 27, 2004 02:20 PM
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