October 26, 2004

Huck Finn (Chapters 32-The Last)

The conclusion of this novel was a happy ending. The adventure has finally come to an end, but who knows because Tom Sawyer is always influencing Huck Finn. In my opinion, I thought it was kind of ironic how Jim was already free, since that's what Miss Watson wrote in her will, but Jim was still traveling with Huck in order to obtain his freedom. This quote elaborates on this predicament: "...Tom was right about old Miss Watson setting Jim free in her will; and so, sure enough, Tom Sawyer had gone and took all that trouble and bother to set a free n***** free! and I couldn't ever understand before, until that minute and that talk, how he could help a body set a n***** free with his bringing-up."

In Chapter XXXIX, I couldn't believe how Huck and Tom placed snakes and rats in the shed with Jim in it. Huck didn't even object to his unfair treatment to Jim. If he did care about him, then he would have not went along with Tom's plan. You might say that society has been affecting Huck, because he is thinking to himself why is Tom helping a runaway black man? He is jeopardizing his safety to help Jim. Now, Huck is having mixed feelings of what he and Tom are doing.

In Chapter XLIII, Tom pays Jim forty dollars for his troubles and wants to send Jim back as a hero. Jim replied, "Dah, now, Huck, what I tell you? -- what I tell you up dah on Jackson islan'? I tole you I got a hairy breas', en what's de sign un it; en I tole you I ben rich wunst, en gwineter to be rich agin en it's come true; en heah she is! Dah, now! doan' talk to me -- signs is signs, mine I tell you; en I knowed jis' 's well 'at I 'uz gwineter be rich agin as I's a-stannin' heah dis minute!" This proves how Jim believes in his superstitions and he wasn't just tricking Huck just to get his money in the earlier chapters; Jim seriously believed his omens and future predictions.

Overall, I believe this book's prime focus is on Huck Finn and how he grows as an individual. There is an enough evidence to confirm this idea. Huck as changed from a mischievous boy to a wise young man. There were some parts in the novel that I liked about Huck and some parts I didn't. I liked how Huck invented new plans in order to fool people. It showed his creativity and how he can get out of tough situations. I didn't like how Huck just left Jim to face all the horrible things Tom put him through with the snakes and the rats in the shed. Huck should have done something to help Jim. I guess Huck was there for Jim physically, but not emotionally.

Shanna's presentation was about heroism in this novel. She defined "hero" in four different definitions. All of them related in one way or another. I believe that this was a good topic to discuss, because I see where she is getting the idea of heros in the novel. The three main characters: Huck, Jim, and Tom are the main heros. The following is an interpretation of how the class viewed three the characters to be heros.

Huck is a hero for several reasons including: caring about Jim, to go out and have an adventure, and not afraid to tell Tom his plans. Huck has an different way of thinking, and he does this because he wants to find himself. You can tell that he is acting out as an adolescent.

Jim is a hero because he is there for Huck and he inspires him. When Huck grows physically and mentally, Jim is like Huck's mentor. Jim knows how to deal with Huck through actions, and not on an intellectual level. It takes guts to deal with Tom and Huck with their plans and all the trouble that he has gone through.

The only reason Tom is a hero is because he wants to free Jim. Mainly, he's not really a hero, since he acts quite foolish. Also, Tom already knows that Jim is free. Tom's morals are not as good, but his characteristics are heroic. He is a natural leader, and the kids want to follow him because he is charismatic and his plans are fun and courageous.

Posted by NabilaUddin at October 26, 2004 11:45 PM
Comments

Nabila,

Do you think that it is uncommon for adolescent boys to sometimes miss emotionally?

And the painting blue scene puzzled me, too. But didn't Jim say he something to the effects of he was happier than be shackled down.

Anyway to avoid punishment sounds like a good idea.

I don't know, though. I am interested in your thoughts.

Katie

Posted by: KatieAikins at October 27, 2004 01:38 PM

What are your thoughts on Tom? Tom competely got on my nerves throughout the last part of the novel. Huck & Tom may be kids, but Tom is just ridiculous half the time. He just frusterated me with all his plans and ideas; give me a break! And Huck just went along with all of his stupid (mis) adventures!

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 27, 2004 02:02 PM

Katie A.,

I think that Huck has problems being there for Jim emotionally. I believe it is common, especially for adolescent boys to feel that way. They want to be manly and not to express their feelings. Perhaps, that's why Huck didn't say anything when Jim was being treated unfairly. Huck should have done something despite this thought, because if he knew that Jim was being harmed by other people, then Huck should have stepped up and saved him from any potential danger. There is a limit where he wants to protect his manly image, but if someone is being hurt, then it's the time to act.

-Nabila

Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 27, 2004 02:14 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 02:18 PM

Nabila,

I really enjoyed your blog entry like always!! There was essentially one particular area that really caught my attention. This was when you stated that Jim was actually a mentor to Huck. I agree with this point and I was wondering if you would be able to stretch that to the point that you would say that Jim was actually a father figure to Huck. I believe that this is true to a point, but I am not sure if I truly can back it up with substantial evidence from the novel. I would like to hear your point of view!! Hope to continue this conversation soon!!

Melissa Hagg

Posted by: Melissa Hagg at October 31, 2004 09:51 PM

Melissa,

I would be happy to elaborate on Jim being a mentor to Huck. Yes, it can be stretched to the point where Jim is a father figure to Huck, but not as much. You can mix both thoughts of how Huck feels towards Jim. Huck at times looks up to Jim, because he is older and has a family of his own. He is considerate towards him as well. However, it would stick with my original thought he is more of a mentor than a father figure, because Huck was thinking of turning Jim in, and if he was a father figure, then it wouldn't have even crossed his mind. He even let Jim go along with Tom's plans, and if Huck cared, he would have stopped Tom. So, I don't think Jim is really a father figure. That's just my opinion. Hope it helps.

-Nabila :)

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 1, 2004 01:50 PM

Nabila,

I am glad to see that you do not believe that Jim was a father figure for Huck. I had mixed feelings on that as well. He was there as an authority figure for Huck but at the same time there were areas in the story that I would question this presumption. So, I believe that I am mixed on my opinions because of the differing text. I would fairly like to state that in certain areas of the story Huck finds Jim as a mentor and in certain areas he finds him as a father figure. Let me know what you think!!

Melissa Hagg

Posted by: Melissa Hagg at November 3, 2004 09:41 AM

Melissa,

I am glad that you think that same way that I do about Jim being a mentor and a father figure in certain parts of the story. I couldn't decide in just picking one description for Jim, because he tends to be both.

-Nabila

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 3, 2004 02:37 PM
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