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Description of Huck Finn Characters
Huck Finn- Main character of the book. He is running away from his father with Ms. Watson’s runaway slave Jim. He lived on Jackson’s island with his father, until he escaped from him one night. He met up with Jim and they went down the river to find Cairo. He is trying to be rebellious, by saying slavery is wrong, but is actually doing what is right.
Jim- Other main character of the book that is running away from his master Ms. Watson because she was going to sell him. He meets up with Huck, and people think he killed Huck, so they go down the river looking for Cairo where he will be free.
Pap- Huck’s dad who takes him away and makes him live in the woods. His father goes away one time, and Huck escapes.


Huck Finn Likes/Dislikes
I liked that Huck Finn was a story about a boy who was trying to do the wrong thing, which was actually the right thing, but society told him that it was the wrong thing to do, so he is trying to be bad and do the wrong thing so that he is rebellious. I also liked that it was in depth, and showed the story from the boy’s point of view, and what he was thinking.
There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like. It was a very good book, and kept me interested the whole time.

Summary of the Book
Huck Finn is a book about a boy who is living with a certain Widow Douglas because his father is an alcoholic and has disappeared. The Widow and Ms. Watson try to teach him to be “sivilized” but he doesn’t really like it, and one day his father comes back. His father is mad because Huck is going to school and learning, and his father takes him off to Jackson Island. While there, he starts to act like he used to, and he wants to get away the whole time. One day, when his father goes into town to drink, he gets out, and makes it look like he got murdered. His dad brings everyone to come and look for him, and in the meantime, Jim, Ms. Watson’s slave, has run away, and Huck and him meet up on the island. They live there for a while, and then they hear that people are going to look for them, so they get a raft, and take off down the river. They live on the raft for a while, going around towns, and then they see a shipwreck. They go aboard, and there are murderers there. They go to get off, and lose their raft, so they take the murderers raft, and go down the river. They are looking for Cairo the whole time, so Jim can go there and be free. They get separated and Huck goes to live with the Grangerfords for a while, and then finally Jim and Huck meet up again. Then they leave because a lot of the Grangerfords are killed.

What can we learn from reading Huck Finn
I think we can learn many things from the book Huck Finn, we can learn the struggles that this boy had to face when thinking about a runaway slave. We can see what many Southern abolitionists might have thought about when they were trying to help free slaves. I think we can also learn what the demeanor of the time period was to African-Americans.

Answers to Huck Finn Essential Questions

What role does society play in shaping who we are?
I think society plays a big part in shaping who we are. We want to be like others, look like others, and talk like others, and these are all ways society helps dictate who we are.

What does freedom mean to you?
To me, freedom means being able to make your own decisions and being independent. It means not have to spend my time doing what someone else tells me to do, and if I don’t, get severely punished for it. It means being able to believe in what I want to and say what I want to.

How do you go about making important decisions?
I do not make my decisions impulsively, but I try to think about them a lot first. It also depends on how much the decision will affect me. If it is whether or not to eat a muffin or a bagel, then I won’t care, but if it is of dire importance, then I take my time in making the decision.

What does Huck Finn teach us about what it means to be human?
Huck Finn teaches us that humans are different, and that they err. It shows that everyone wants to be free, and do what they want to, and they can’t if they are held in slavery. It teaches us that we have to regard everyone as a human, no matter how poor they are.