In this section of reading, what I noticed most was Huck’s character development. He acquired more morals as the chapters progressed as compared to the beginning of the book. He does not see Jim as an African American, but as a human being. When the king and duke fool the people that they are Peter Wilks’s brothers to steal his money, Huck says “I’ll hive that money for them or bust” (289). He is started to see that there is a right and a wrong and tricking this family is definitely wrong. Huck says “it made my heart ache to see them getting fooled and lied to so” (300). Huck helps out Mary Jane because he is starting to develop a conscience and going against the beliefs of society, such as slavery, and making up his own ideas and beliefs instead of letting society’s opinions dictate how he should think.
via Huck Finn (Ch24-28).
Numerous blogs ago, I discussed the fact that Foster talked about food scenes and how they mean more than merely food. A writer can describe a gourmet feast until he is blue in the face, but it never just about the food. In Huck Finn at the beginning, there is a food scene with Huck and Miss. Watson, it talks about how Huck watches her mumble to herself before they are allowed to eat. Unknowingly to Huck, she is praying before the meal, and this scene shows his ignorance toward religion. As the story goes on, we see that he does not associate himself with religion, but he grows as a character because he acquires some morals. He might not become closer to religion, but he is developing into a morally correct person of that time.
For me, I think Foster is repeating himself with the idea that every story comes from another story. Whenever Dr. Jerz assigns a reading from Foster, I am having a harder and harder time finding a connection to what we read for class and what Foster is saying.
Chapter 21 and Chapter 22 talk about a physical deformity or a physical scar on a character’s body usually means something. Foster constantly refers to Oedipus and his blindness, because his blindness shows his flaw of not being aware of his surroundings. He also mentions Harry Potter’s scar because the scar is not just a scar; it symbolizes his continuous battle with Voldemort and his revenge for his parents’ death. As I read these chapters, I kept thinking of Daredevil, the movie, especially when I read Chapter 22: He’s Blind for a Reason, You Know. Every hero has a flaw but this blindness flaw represents his revenge, like that of Potter’s. He uses the blind aspect to his advantage because all of his other senses are heightened to the max.
via Foster Interlude “One Story,” 21, 22.
A common theme throughout the book so far is deceitfulness. Huck makes up these elaborate stories about his past to trick people who question him, and in some of the stories, he uses some aspects of his own life, like a drunk father, to add to his make-believe-tales. Not only do we have Huck lying, but we also have the Duke and King lying about who they are to Huck, Jim, and the townspeople.
For Huck, I think this is a way to escape from reality for a little bit. He is not fond of living with the Widow or Miss Watson back home, neither is he excited to live with his father. He uses the tales to save his life and Jim’s from disobeying the law, but it is also a tactic to forget about where he comes from, to maybe fantasize about what he wished his life was like.
Or do you think the fake identities are just for survival and have no hidden meaning? Or do they have a different meaning? Any thoughts?
via Huck Finn (Ch20-23).