Huckleberry Finn – Freedom Essay
Huck Finn Journal (Freedom) Chap.1: pg.1 “The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time…. so, when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out into my rags and was free and satisfied, but she always took me back.” Huck is having trouble adjusting to living with the widow. He is accustomed to living free in the woods, without worrying about possessions, language, or cleanliness.
Chap.1: pg.4 “Pretty soon I wanted to smoke and asked the widow to let me, but she wouldn’t.” This is just another example of Huck losing his freedom, as on his own he would have done what he wanted to. Chap.1: pg.6 “And then I put out the light and scrambled out of the window on to the shed.” Huck is exercising his longing for freedom by going out at night with Tom. Chap.2: pg.6-12 Tom and Huck encounter Jim whose freedom is taken away because he is a slave.
Huck joins Tom’s gang and they plan to take people’s freedom away by holding them for ransom. Chap.3: pg.12 “Well, I got a good going-over in the morning from old Miss Watson on account of my clothes.” This in part why Huck wants his freedom, of doing what he likes, because they want to civilize him. Chap.4: pg.16 “At first I hated school, but by and by I got so I could stand it. Whenever I got uncommonly tired I played hooky” Huck doesnt like being caged in school, but begins to like it because when he gets tired of it he can take a break anyway. Ch.5: pg.19-23 Huck confronts his father who spends some time with the judge and stops drinking, but begins again. So, as his freedom isnt taken. Ch.: 24 “So he watched out for me one day and catched me and took me up over the river.” Hucks father once again takes his freedom away, but he gets it back by living the good life in the woods, for a while. Ch.7: pg.32 Huck escapes from his father by making it look like he was murdered; he now has total freedom. Ch.8: pg.36-47 “I was powerful lazy and comfortable-didnt want to get up and cook breakfast.” Huck enjoys this total freedom. He also confronts Jim in this chapter and discovers Jim is now free too as he ran off from Mrs. Watson. Ch.9: pg. 47-51 Jim and Huck enjoy the good life being free. Ch.10: pg.51 “I wanted to talk about the dead man, but Jim didnt wanna.” Jim didnt want to talk of the dead man who had gained or lost his freedom by dying. Ch.11: Ch.12: pg.62-68 Huck and Jim are still on their journey to be free, but when Huck finds another human in need of freedom he was prepared t tell a white-lie to a perfect stranger to help. Ch.13: pg.69-74 Not only are they still in trouble, but they also are hating the fact they are still not completely free. Jim didnt want to go to the wreck at all, but Huck made him. And Huck has to send him ahead and catch up with him later. Ch.16: pg.89-92 Huck is starting to wonder why he never thought about turning Jim in. Then he realizes that Jim is his friend, and he will not take Jims freedom into his own hands. Ch.17: pg.92-102 Huck is now in paradise with the Grangerfords. He loves everything about this place; except for that there is no place for Jim here. He also knows that he still doesnt have total freedom. Ch.18: 103-113 Huck is still enjoying life with the Grangerfords, until a seemingly meaningless fight begins and Huck realizes he is still not free from ignorance or death. This is just like it was with his father. So, he and Jim flee down the Mississippi. Ch.18: pg.113-114 Huck enjoys the freedom he has once again gained by leaving the Grangerfords. Ch.20: pg.122 They once again run into the problem of Jim being a runaway slave. Ch.21: pg.130-140 Boggs freedom is taken into Col. Sherburns hands, when he is shot and killed. Ch.24: pg.151-152 They again run into the problem of the runaway slave, Jim. They say he is a sick Arab and keep him confined to the raft. Ch.25: pg.157-164 Huck begins to feel trapped by the King and the Duke. He feels he is losing his freedom. Ch.26: pg.170-175 Huck still feels he isnt totally free, because the King and the Duke still have control over him. So, he thinks of a way to take it back, by stealing the money. Ch.27: pg.179 The King and the Duke sell Mary Jane and her sisters slaves and splits the mother and the kids up. This is another example of how slaves freedom was taken advantage of. Huck doesnt like this, so he continues with his plan. Ch.28: pg.191 “Not now; have it for breakfast, have it for breakfast! Cut loose and let her slide.” Huck and Jim are happy to be by themselves again. They are free once again, but then Huck sees the King and the Duke coming in a skiff and he starts and gives up. Ch.29 Huck and Jim are now more or less enslaved by the King and the Duke again. Ch.30: pg.197 “Set her loose, Jim; were all right now!” The King and the Duke get in a fight and they are so preoccupied with themselves that Huck makes a run for it. Only Jim isnt there, he has been taken by Silas Phelps for the reward on him. Ch.31: pg.200 All right, then, Ill go to hell-” Huck thinks about writing a letter to Mrs. Watson telling her where Jim is because he thinks hell go the hell if he doesnt. He decides not to and will take the consequences for friend. Ch.32: pg.200-208 Huck is on the Phelps farm and assumes the identity of Tom Sawyer. Jim is still enslaved by Silas Phelps. Ch.33: pg.216-223 The King and the Duke finally get caught. Their freedom is taken away when they are tarred and feathered. Ch.34: pg.223-228 Tom and Huck find out where Jim is being kept. Jim is very happy about Huck finding him and hopes they will free him immediately. Ch.35: pg.231-236 Jim is still locked up, but Huck is trying to free him. Ch.36: pg.240 Tom and Huck dig a hole into Jims cabin to try and free him, but Tom comes up with this ridiculous plan and drags it out.