Money And Money In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain’s, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, was published in England in 1884 and America in 1885. The novel sold 51,000 copies in its first fourteen months of being published. It is a staple in American Literature because it has stood the test of time and still widely debated today. Huckleberry Finn is a preteen hillbilly who has an abusive father called “Pap” sometime between the 1830’s-1840’s. Throughout the episodes in, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn and Jim display different attitudes toward money, its acquisition, and loss.
In the beginning of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, Huck gives a synopsis of his adventures with Tom Sawyer, “...Tom and me found the money that the
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Huck asks Jim, “Well, are you rich?” Jim answers, “No, but I ben rich wunst, and gwyne to be rich agin. Wunst I had foteen dollars, but I tuck to specalat’n’, en got busted out” (1317) Huck continues to ask Jim about what kind of investments he made and how he “got busted out”. He is amused by Jim and his misfortune with money. Huck tells Jim, “Well, it’s all right anyway, Jim, long as you 're going to be rich again some time or other” (1318). Huck does not understand how insensitive this was to say to Jim; a slave who marvels at having a low amount of fourteen dollars. Jim replies to Huck, “Yes- en I’s rich now, come to look at it. I owns mysef, en I’s wuth eight hund’d dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn’ want no mo’” (1318). Jim values money as freedom and a higher status. This creates contrasts between the two main characters to remind the reader of how small Huck’s world view …show more content…
In the previous chapters, the gang pulls scams on local towns along the river. Huck does not seem to mind that the King and the Dauphin are doing this until they take advantage of Mary Jane and her sisters. Huck obviously has a crush on Mary Jane, “Mary Jane was red-headed, and that don’t make no difference, she was most awful beautiful, and her face and her eyes was all lit up like glory…” (1388). Mary Jane stands up for Huck when her sister 's question him about England. It is because of Mary Jane’s kindness in this situation that Huck decides to get their six thousand dollar inheritance back, “...this is another one that I’m letting him rob her of her money. And when she got through, they all jest laid theirselves out to make me feel at home and know I was amongst friends. I felt so ornery and low and mean, that I says to myself, My mind’s made up; I’ll hive that money for them or bust” (1395). He knows that the house, land, horses, and slaves will all return to the sisters as a false sale. Huck explains his feelings, “...I felt so ornery and low and mean…” This episode is not about the money but about Huck trying to do the right thing instead of letting the King and the Dauphin take advantage of the sisters like he has with the local townspeople along the Mississippi

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