Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Introduction
Background
Discussion Starters
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction

1. What do you do when you’re torn between what
people want for you—or from ...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction
Huckleberry Finn lives in Missouri before the Civil
War, near the Mississippi...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction

Not long before the
novel begins, however,
Huck has been taken to
live with ...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction
He prefers living in the
open and having
adventures with his
friend Tom Sawye...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction
Huck and Tom like to plan great adventures and
play pranks on people.
On one ...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction
One day, Huck’s father, Pap, returns to town.
Pap wants Huck’s money—
and kid...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction
After a miserable time with his father, Huck
escapes.
While he is running awa...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction
The two set off together on a raft on the Mississippi
River—and on one of the...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
Mark Twain, the pen
name of Samuel
Clemens, is one of the
United States’ bestkn...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
Twain also uses humor and satire both to
entertain and to comment on society.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn takes place in the years
before the Civil War.
I...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
When Twain wrote the novel,
in the 1880s, the Civil War
had been fought and the...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
When Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was
published, critics hated the novel, acc...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
Twain welcomed the controversy, however,
hoping that it would bring more sales....
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
Today, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
remains controversial.
Although it’s acce...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background
Twain does use terms now considered racist.
However, he creates a
powerful argu...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Discussion
Starters
Discuss (1)
• 5. What other stories are based on a great
journey or ad...
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Discussion Starters
Discuss (2)
Many books that were written in the past contain
ideas abo...
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  1. 1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Introduction Background Discussion Starters
  2. 2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
  3. 3. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction 1. What do you do when you’re torn between what people want for you—or from you—and what you want for yourself?
  4. 4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction Huckleberry Finn lives in Missouri before the Civil War, near the Mississippi River. Huck is young and uneducated. With an alcoholic and unreliable father, he has grown up mostly on his own.
  5. 5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction Not long before the novel begins, however, Huck has been taken to live with the Widow Douglas and her sister. But Huck thinks life with the two sisters is too civilized.
  6. 6. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction He prefers living in the open and having adventures with his friend Tom Sawyer.
  7. 7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction Huck and Tom like to plan great adventures and play pranks on people. On one of their adventures, the two boys found a lot of money in a cave (described in the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer).
  8. 8. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction One day, Huck’s father, Pap, returns to town. Pap wants Huck’s money— and kidnaps him to get it.
  9. 9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction After a miserable time with his father, Huck escapes. While he is running away, he meets Jim—a slave of Widow Douglas’s sister—who has escaped too.
  10. 10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction The two set off together on a raft on the Mississippi River—and on one of the most famous journeys in American literature. • 2. What adventures do you think they will they find on the river? • 3. Do you think Huck be able to find freedom—or will civilization catch up to him? • 4. Should Huck help Jim or send him back to slavery?
  11. 11. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Clemens, is one of the United States’ bestknown authors. In novels such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain vividly depicts the lives and dialects of southern people from long ago.
  12. 12. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background Twain also uses humor and satire both to entertain and to comment on society.
  13. 13. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place in the years before the Civil War. In the South at that time, a slave was considered property. Stealing a hunted slave was seen as a great crime—and morally wrong.
  14. 14. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background When Twain wrote the novel, in the 1880s, the Civil War had been fought and the slaves had been freed. However, conditions for African Americans were still very difficult in many parts of the United States.
  15. 15. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background When Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, critics hated the novel, accusing it of “coarse fun” and “gutter realism.” Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, wrote “If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses, he had best stop writing for them.”
  16. 16. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background Twain welcomed the controversy, however, hoping that it would bring more sales. The book sold fifty thousand copies in the first few months.
  17. 17. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background Today, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains controversial. Although it’s accepted as a classic of American literature, some critics still accuse it of being racist, and its use in schools has been challenged.
  18. 18. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Background Twain does use terms now considered racist. However, he creates a powerful argument against slavery as well. Also, in a way perhaps surprising for the time, he allows Jim to speak for himself, revealing truths that even Twain may have found uncomfortable.
  19. 19. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Discussion Starters Discuss (1) • 5. What other stories are based on a great journey or adventure across a great ocean or land? • 6. How do characters react to events on such a journey? • 7. How does the natural world play a part in these stories?
  20. 20. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Discussion Starters Discuss (2) Many books that were written in the past contain ideas about race, gender, or class that we now view as outdated or offensive. • 8. How can we approach these books? • 9. What can we learn from them? • 10. Do you think there are some audiences for which they would be inappropriate? Why?

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