Friday, February 15, 2013

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Chapter XII-XIX


            Using a raft to move their supplies, Huck and Jim travel the River and enjoy their liberties contentedly.  Huck says, “Take it all around, we lived pretty high.” 

            Once they happened upon a wrecked steamboat and went aboard to search for goods, only to learn it was in the process of being robbed.  Since their raft inadvertently floated away, Huck and Jim take the robber’s skiff, which was loaded with goods already, and get away down stream unseen. 

From Gradesaver
            Huck enjoys his adventures, and wishes Tom Sawyer could be there to see him; but Jim thinks adventures are risky, especially since he gambles being caught as a runaway slave.  They are searching for Cairo, near the Ohio River, which will take Jim to freedom, but they are not sure of their whereabouts. 

            At one point, Huck is confused about what his moral obligations are to society: should he turn Jim in for leaving Miss Watson, which is like keeping stolen property?  But Jim is very loyal to Huck, and Huck’s conscience is guilty about doing what society dictates is right.  So he leaves well enough alone.

            After another strange adventure on shore, which involves Huck living with a well-to-do family for some time, Huck reunites with Jim; they continue on until they regretfully take up two men fleeing of their lives.  Now the raft becomes more like a prison while Huck and Jim are taken advantage of by these two con artists who claim to be a duke and a dauphin; though Huck knows it is a lie, what can they do when the duke and dauphin can easily turn in Huck and Jim at any time?  Now Huck and Jim must go along for the ride.

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