Huck is the thirteen-year-old son of the local drunk of St. Petersburg, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River. Nevertheless, Huck is still a boy, and is influenced by others, particularly by his imaginative friend, Tom. In Huckleberry Finn, Tom serves as a foil to Huck:
Plot summary[ edit ] Tom Sawyer, US commemorative stamp of showing the whitewashed fence. Tom and Becky lost in the caves. Illustration from the edition by artist True Williams.
Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid. He skips school to swim and is made to whitewash the fence the next day as punishment. He cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work.
Tom falls in love with Becky Thatchera new girl in town, and persuades her to get "engaged" by kissing him. But their romance collapses when she learns Tom has been "engaged" previously to Amy Lawrence.
Becky cried for a great deal of time until the other students began to notice, and she became embarrassed. Shortly after Becky shuns him, he accompanies Huckleberry Finn to the graveyard at night, where they witness a trio of body snatchersDr.
Tom and Huckleberry Finn swear a blood oath to not tell anyone about the murder, as they feel that if they do, Injun Joe would murder them. While enjoying their new-found freedom, they become aware that the community is sounding the river for their bodies.
Tom sneaks back home one night to observe the commotion. The trio later carries out this scheme by making a sensational sudden appearance in the church in the middle of their joint funeral service.
Summer arrives, and Tom and Huck go hunting for buried treasure in a haunted house. After venturing upstairs they hear a noise below. Peering through holes in the floor, they see Injun Joe disguised as a deaf-mute Spaniard; Injun Joe and his companion plan to bury some stolen treasure of their own.
From their hiding spot, Tom and Huck wriggle with delight at the prospect of digging it up. By chance the villains discover an even greater gold hoard buried in the hearth and carry it all off to a better secret hiding place.
The boys are determined to find where it has gone. One night Huck spots them and follows them.
He overhears their plans to attack the wealthy Widow Douglas. By running to fetch help, Huck prevents the crime and becomes an anonymous hero. Tom and Becky get separated from the others and wander lost in the extensive cave complex for the next few days. He accidentally encounters Injun Joe in the caves one day but is not seen by his nemesis.
Eventually, he finds a way out, and they are joyfully welcomed back by their community. The Widow Douglas adopts Huck, but he finds the restrictions of a civilized home life painful. He attempts to escape back to his vagrant life. Reluctantly, Huck agrees and goes back to her.
Significance[ edit ] The novel has elements of humour, satire and social criticism; features that later made Mark Twain one of the most important authors of American literature. Mark Twain describes some autobiographical events in the book. Louis, and many of the places in it are real and today support a tourist industry as a result.
In the first, a model child is never rewarded and ends up dying before he can declaim his last words which he has carefully prepared. In the second story, an evil little boy steals and lies, like Tom Sawyer, but finishes rich and successful.
Tom appears as a mixture of these little boys since he is at the same time a scamp and a boy endowed with a certain generosity. By the time he wrote Tom Sawyer, Twain was already a successful author based on the popularity of The Innocents Abroad.
He owned a large house in Hartford, Connecticut but needed another success to support himself, with a wife and two daughters.
Twain named his fictional character after a San Francisco fireman whom he met in June Twain paints Jim as a character who is more of a father and true friend than Huck could ever know and the various well-intentioned but hopelessly hypocritical and flawed white characters pale in comparison.
The Duluth School District in Minnesota is removing Huck Finn and Mockingbird from required reading lists.
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