I found the beginning a strange place to start because it goes right into the story without any real introduction. Also i found the language hard to read because the style in which it was written. Some of the words, suck as the n word describe the culture and how very different it is from ours. It was also hard to relate to the boys "gang", at that age i was not making pacts in blood about killing people or stealing things. I found that part disturbing and unnecessary. The part about his father possibly being dead and Huck being happy about that scared me and i did not think it was very nice.
These chapters gave more insight into the world around Huck. When his father returned i felt happy that maybe they could work out their issues and be together. Then we discover his real motive which was the money. Also he was constantly getting drunk and hurting Huck. I feel very sorry for Huck because he will go against his father's wishes, like going to school, just to be noticed by his father. I glad that Huck finally realizes that his father is not a nice person and that he is much safer in the custody of Judge Thatcher or Widow Douglas. I am still unsure of what the actual story is about and where it will go from here, with Pap maintain custody? Will Pap get the money? Will Huck hurt his father?or will his father hurt Huck?
I found chapter 7 extremely entertaining. Huck was very clever to fake his own death the way he did, he made sure to have all the details present and didn't leave out a thing. I feel as though I would have missed something if i ever tried that. I found it very interesting when they were on the ferry and shooting the cannons trying to make his body come up, i have never heard of that before. I also never heard of the bread thing? I didn't understand the reference to what they were talking about. Also i was surprised that Jim was being sold, Miss Watson seemed to be in great need of his assistance. I do however wonder how he got to the island in the first place, without being seen but Miss Watson who was a ferry passing by. The question still remains of what will happen to Huck's money. Where will Huck and Jim go? Will Huck ever see Tom Swayer again?
I found these chapters interesting. In chapter 9 when Jim could predict the weather i thought that was a far reach from reality. Also I was slightly disturbed when they found a dead man in the middle of a house on the river. I never thought anyone would every play a prank on someone with a rattle snake. That just wasn't smart. i did find it very clever how they dressed Huck like a girl to get that helpful information. They got out just in time.
These chapters i found exciting! I was very curious to hear about the wrecked steam boat and how Huck deals with the murders. I felt that everything had a purpose in these chapters and it wasn't just random rabbling like in the past. I did however find the part about the dukes kings and queens was unnecessary. I did notice how Huck and Jim's friendship is growing.
I felt as if i was reading a scary dream. I didn't like how Huck was separated from Jim at night in the fog, it felt very creepy. I though Huck was very smart and clever when he told the men that his family had smallpox onboard. I felt as if that is something Tom Swayer would do. I thought it was very noble of him not to turn Jim now that they have a blooming friendship. When the raft was run over by the steam boat i was wondering how they would stay together, they didn't. I wonder how Huck is going to get away from those dogs!
In chapters 17 and 18 we learn a lot about southern culture and the way of thinking. I found the feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons very similar to the feud between the Manatees and the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet. I thought it was very sad that Huck had to witness two members of his new "family" be murdered right in front of him for a reason unknown to anyone. I thought the event at church was a good example of life in the south. People would go and listen to acting as brothers and loving each other while they sat with rifles between their legs ready to fight at any moment. I was glad that Huck got out of the feud, found Jim and the raft and set off to a better life.
I thought it was very kind of Huck to offer refuge to the two men on the raft. However i thought the two men were cruel to have tricked Huck but mostly Jim in to thinking they were as important as a Duke and a King. The men could have easily waited to try there con out on random people not on two innocent helpers. I did want to thank the Duke for coming up with the idea of creating a wanted poster allowing them to travel during the day. I just hope that Huck gets the courage to kick them off his raft and move on quickly.
I am not really liking the Duke and Dauphin. I believe they will have a negative influence on Jim and Huck and get them in trouble. I do not think the whole adventure in the town with the lynching was necessary. I think it distracts from the real story and relationship between Huck and Jim. I think Huck should have made the decision to get rid of the men before they had the opportunity to take advantage of Huck and Jim.
I thought it was very clever how Twain set up the next situations with the Wilks brothers. I did not however believe it needed to go for that long. In these chapters we see Hucks more sensitive side come out. Huck understands what the men are doing to the sisters and takes control to make sure they will be ok even if the men get what they want. I am hoping that after this plays out that Huck will finally be able to get away from the men.
I found it silly how both men were wrong when if came to the tattoo, everything could have been over sooner if that wasn't in there. I was happy to see that Huck finally gets away, but sad that he has to leave Mary Jane. Reading his relationship between Mary Jane, I feel like Huck will make a very caring husband. The fact that the Duke and dauphin make it back to the boat ruins the whole chapter. Huck was very smart how he played Jim's disappearance just to get away from the men.
I am not a big fan of having Tom return to the story. I feel like from now till the end Huck will be overshadowed by Tom when Huck did all the work the whole time. I don't like how perfect the situation is that Aunt Sally is Tom's Aunt and how he is on his way. I know the story would not work out otherwise but its too perfect for me. You can tell at the end of these chapters that Tom is taking over and i don't like it at all.
With Tom in control, everything is getting out of hand, and the chapters start to lose their purpose of setting Jim free. I like Nat and thought he was a good addition to the story. Throughout this book you see Huck start to grow up and see his real feeling show. In these chapters you finally see him as an equal to Tom not just under him. Tom's idea makes some crazy plans but they always have a purpose and some interesting origin.
The note that Tom wrote was taking things way too far, and was completely unnecessary. The men who attacked the shed was unexpected and I'm unsure of why Twain would have included it. I am glad that all three boys were able to escape even if Tom got hit. I thought that the reaction of Jim to Tom was perfect. Huck and i think everyone who was involved in the rest of the story realize that Jim is a person just like them. He is an equal.
I thought it was a pretty good way to end the story. Huck continues to show his caring side while still keeping he character in tact. I did like how we learn how much Jim cared for Huck by not telling him about his father. Also i like how people finally realized how great Jim was and he got rewarded or being no one but himself. I like Huck and Tom's plan to go out west, but wished they actually wrote a book about it because i bet it would be very good.