Huckleberry Finn Essay

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Critical Journal #1- Mark Twain’s life (A biographical Approach)

Mark Twain was born on November 30th of 1835 by the name of Samuel L. Clemens. He was

born in Florida, Missouri, but grew up in Hannibal on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.

On the Mississippi River, “Mark Twain” means “two fathoms deep”, meaning 12 feet deep which is deep enough to be considered safe for most boats to travel during that time period.

While living in Hannibal, Mark Twain saw steam boats as a child coming into the ports about

three times a day giving him the dream of becoming a river boat pilot. This also influenced his writing in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, where the setting of majority of the story toke

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Huck had left his Pap for a reason, and Jim believed it was better for

Huck to think Pap was alive and well and far away from being able to harm him. Also, through

sharing his own family stories and hardships, Jim gave Huck just a taste of racism and how

hurtful slavery can be on a family, both physically and psychologically. Through these stories

Jim shared, Huck began to change his typical white man mindset and understood that slavery

was wrong and he ultimately wanted to do something about it, which was to help Jim escape to

freedom. Jim also expresses himself as a father figure by risking his life to help save Huck’s

friend, Tom Sawyer. Jim was willing to risk everything his journey to escape had been for, just

to save Tom. "Pooty soon I'll be a-shout'n' for joy, en I'll say, it's all on accounts o' Huck; I's a

free man, en I couldn't ever ben free ef it hadn' ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won't ever forgit

you, Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de ONLY fren' ole Jim's got now." (Page

99). Jim is so excited to see Huck alive and in the flesh, which shows his strong emotion to

Huck even before they got close through their journeys along the Mississippi River.

Critical Journal #4-A Psychological/Moral Approach
The Oedipus complex, which is a term used to describe some of the works of

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