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FC: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | By Mark Twain | Eric Edwards 11/16/12

2: The Overview of the Era --Beginning of the era of "Manifest Destiny" --Slavery is still prevalent in the South; not present in the North --Compromise of 1850 --If a slave runs away, the North must return them back to their owner --New technological advances; railroads, big businesses --The North was to get rid of the underground railroad

4: Character Representation Jim --Shows care we he takes care of Huck while they are escaping together from Pap and Miss Watson. He also shows care by taking Huck's shifts during the night to keep watch of the raft and the river; he can see how much Huck needs his sleep. Huck is his only friend and they become a pretty good team surviving. --He talks uneducated, as it was unusual for slaves to talk any other way but he seemed to a good idea of common sense. He was able to make fair arguments and discuss things with Huck without sounding completely uneducated.

5: Huckleberry Finn --Struggles on figuring out what he wants to do in his life. He can't decide whether he wants to learn at school or be uneducated like Pap. Unfortunately Pap makes the decision for him and make Huck live with him. --Huck has a heavy heart and a conscious that sometimes gets in the way of making decisions. He is constantly fighting an internal battle as to whether or not he made the right decision in letting Jim escape with him from Miss Watson. --Huck likes to make things exciting and creative while he begins his escape. He manages to come up with an idea that makes everyone believe he was killed which in the long run helped because it made the people stop looking for him, assuming he was dead.

7: Major Theme The search for freedom from civilization --Huck and Jim are both trying to find freedom from others during the entire novel. Huck wants to get away from Pap and make decisions on his own and Jim is constantly in search for freedom from slavery and his only option was to run away. --Huck and Jim make it clear that they don't want to have many rules, if not any. They both want to be able to do their own thing in order to survive on the raft.

9: Negro Spirituals --These spirituals were sung during time of work by slaves in the South. They would sing these songs to make themselves feel better about how freedom was always an option. The lyrics to these spirituals were usually about how the person felt, or a way to reflect their mood. These spirituals brought to life the emotional impact on slavery. The literature helped the writer and the singer to express how they were feeling about the idea of slavery and their constant fight to find freedom.

10: Essential Question How are people transformed through their relationships with others? --Most people transform from being in a relationship with others by getting reassurance that they aren't the only ones making a decision. Whether it's like a mob with a bunch of angry people who tend to think irrationally when one person puts an idea into the entire mobs head. Another example would be the way Huck and Jim work together to get things done in a fashion that is suitable to survive on their own.

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