FC: Huck Finn
1: "Jim, this is nice," I says. "I wouldn't want to be nowhere else but here. Pass me along another hunk of fish and some hot corn-bread."
2: Overview of era | -Pre-civil war Missouri Compromise still in effect | -Pre-civil war -Missouri compromise still in effect Slaves were trying to escape to freedom in the North away from their owners -Industrialization in early stages -Slavery was a controversial issue -Steam technology becoming dominant -Some specific issues Twain recognizes in his book: -racism -slavery -alcoholism -domestic abuse -education issues
4: Jim is one of the most important characters in the book. Jim is the widow's slave. He believes in magic and practices it. He is looked up at by other slaves because of his stories and tales of run-ins with witches. He is uneducated and portrayed to have a very thick accent. While his simple and gullible nature seems to be a negative trait at the beginning of the story, it later turns out to be a positive trait. Jim finds out he is to be sold by he widow and decides to run away. He later meets u with Huck and they escape together.
6: Huck Finn is one of the most important characters in the book. He is a young boy who is portrayed as uneducated but very skillful. He lives in a rural area based before the civil war. Huck has a rough family life because of his father and his mother is dead so he looks for an escape from all of this by running away and later meeting up with Jim to run away together.
7: Huck Finn
9: One of the major themes in Huck Finn is the education. In the beginning of the book, school education is stressed for Huck to learn. However through the story, he and Jim question many of the lessons they were taught before their escape. Huck learns to make his own decisions during his adventures and makes them on his own without restrictions from society and learns to decide the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, etc. | Major Theme
10: How does literature reflect society?
11: Often in literature authors will bring out and write about the negatives in society. In Huck Finn, Twain writes about issues such as domestic abuse, alcoholism, racism, and the controversial idea of slavery. Another example of a piece of literature where faults in society are brought up is "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair attacks the meat packaging industry and it's low and repulsive standards with how meat was packaged and handled as well as the working conditions for the employees. When pieces of literature like these come out, it gives society the opportunity to see things in a new perspective and are eye-opening and can bring in change. "The Jungle" for example inspired a movement to be made to better the working conditions for these workers and create better standards for the meat packaging industry for health reasons to protect the customers of these industries.
12: How are people transformed through relationships?
13: Through bonding relationships, people learn to see others through their personal experiences with them rather than by judging them based on prejudices or stereotypes given by others and society. Huck and Jim bond in a way that during this time period, and white and black person would never bond. They come to respect and trust one another and confide in each other in a way that they never would without the relationship that they share.
17: Fall is here!
19: Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
20: Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
24: Nature gives to every season, a beauty all its own. - Charles Dickens