Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is set in Missouri in the early 1800’s and follows a young teenage boy named Huckleberry (Huck) Finn. Huck has spent most of his life poor and alone, and when trying to get away from his abusive father, he ends up having many extreme experiences with Jim, a runaway slave. As Huck and Jim travel down the Mississippi River, they meet many different people such as con men, thieves, and slave traders. While they met many bad people, the good people Huck met impacted his character throughout the story.
In my opinion, the characters in this story are very realistic which makes the story much more enjoyable. One of the qualities that makes the characters so realistic is the fact that this book was the first to ever use a dialect. In particular, Huck’s character is interesting because he has a huge struggle with himself about growing up with slavery being considered alright and not knowing how to feel about that. Some critics were not happy with the ending, but I actually thought it was fitting because it really portrayed Huck’s flaws as a character instead of making him a hero. A part of the story that I really liked was the dynamic between Huck and Jim; it was entertaining reading their conversations on the raft.
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