Huck reminds me a lot of the little boys that I babysit for, my friend Anna has a younger brother who is a little younger than Huck. He reminds me in a lot of ways of Huck. They both have that rambunctious little boy way about them. I don't have a younger brother, but I do have a younger sister. When my sister was younger, she also reminds me of Huck.
I feel really bad for Huck that his father is such an awful old man. No child should have to grow up in a situation like that. But Huck seems amazingly resilient. Not many children could come out of a situation like that unscarred, but Huck seems to have been. When Huck describes the situation where the judge tried to reform Huck's father, it is almost comical. especially the part where his father falls out of the window drunk.
At first you feel really sad and worried when his father takes him out to the woods to live in the cabin because you are worried that huck's father will finally "break" Huck. But then when you see how strong Huck's spirit is, you no longer are worried. This is a part where you feel as if you are really getting to know Huck's character. When you see him slowly revert back to his "savage" ways. Ihave mixed feelings on that fact, because in some ways you see the good that being civilized did him, but you also want him to have his freedom and he has such a free spirit, you want him to be free.
When Huck dresses up like a woman you at first think it is justa humorous part of the story. But when you think about it, it really shows a lot about his character. Huck never really cares about what other people think. It never even comes to his mind when he decides to go into town dressed as a little girl. Most little boys would be repulsed or even embarrassed, but Huck shows none of that.
The day that they spent reading books that the murderer's had in the truck was one of the quieter chapters in this book. Huck and Jim talk about different kings and it shows a lot of ignorance on their part. But I think that the conversation is sort of endearing. When Huck tries to explain different languages to Jim, it shows how small his world view is. It makes you think about a lot of things.
When Jim and Huck are separated on the raft, and you are seeing the situation from huck's point of view, you are not worried at all. But if you would see it from Jims perspective, it would be horrible. He is now all alone as a runaway slave, and he has lost his only friend. And you see that jim and Huck are really starting to grow closer as friends, You see that Jim truly cares about Huck. And after Huck tricks Jim he feels really bad about it.
I think that Twains point of making the family wealthy and ladies and gentleman is that even the wealthy are fools and they can get mixed up in the things like feuds. You start to get a little leery about the situation when Huck finds the paper in the book. The next day when everything starts happening, you are horrified by the violence that is going on. When Buck is killed you feel huck's sadness and you hope that maybe the death of a young would stop the feud. You are very relieved when you find out that Huck leaves with Jim.
Maybe Huck's wistfulness in this chapter is because of Buck's death and it has made him quiet and thoughtful. Also maybe since the beginning of the book it has been pure action. Twain needed to put in a little break and we find out a little bit more about Huck and what he thinks about different things. you start to really think about Huck's character and personality.
When you first meet the Duck and the King. You think that the are funny and then you start to not trust them very much. But then you start to really not like them very much. But Huck and Jim still do not have a problem with them. But you have a very wary feeling. I think that Twain made it that way on purpose. The way that Twain creates his characters is amazing.
Throughout the whole book, you slowly have a growing admiration for Huck's character and when he vows to give the money back after he feels bad for the youngest Wilke's daughter being chastised, you are cheering for Huck to not blindly following the Duke and King. and I also wish that Jim was a part of this chapter because i always enjoy his point of view.
When the two real Wilke's brothers show up and challenge the King and Duke about who are the real brothers I think that this finally shows Huck that you will eventually get caught. Huck has always been able to get away with almost everything bad that he has done and he is finally getting the whiff of the consequences. This almost gives me a hint of satisfaction that the duke and kings are finally getting their comeuppance .
Maybe Huck has more of a reason to stay with the Phelps than you think. Huck has never really had a mother figure in his life. When he had Miss Watson she was more of a teacher. Mrs. Phelps is very kind and she may represent a mother figure to Huck. She immediately takes Huck in. She thinks that he is her nephew Tom, but her kindness is still welcome to Huck.
With Tom there, Huck reverts back to how the boys relationship when they were back in St. Petersburg. When Tom would make all of the rules and Huck would follow, but he would always question Tom's plans. But in the end Tom had all of the authority. Huck, now that he has had all of the time away from Tom, I don't think he is as eager to be a follower after all that has happened. But he never really says it out loud.
As the reader you feel very relieved that they all escape. When the men all gathered with the guns you became very worried for Jim. When you find out that Tom has been shot, you are almost glad that it is Tom and not Huck or Jim. Because you know that they would not have such a good attitude as Tom does. So I guess it all works out. But you almost immediately start to feel worried about Tom.
This is the last chapter in the book and I have to admit it made me sad. I ove how Twain wrapped up the story so that you know that Huck and Tom will still be out there in the world having adventures. He dosen't force Huck into some home with a lady who will try to civilise him again. You finally find out that it is Huck writing the book, which I love because it gives the book a breath of reality. When he says that he and Tom are going out to explore Indian Territory it almost feels as if they could still be little boys out there in the world wreaking havoc.