We talked last time about Twain and how he was critical of society. What are some topics that he is criticizing in the novel so far?
Huck Finn Continued
We read Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 20-31 for today. Continuing with our analysis, I want to focus on the character of the characters for today. Let’s come up with a big list of characters from the novel.
- Huck Finn
Huck’s development follows the stages of the Hero’s Journey described my Joseph Campbell. Huck’s journey is one of internal growth and discovery. He goes from the view that slavery was ordained by God to a realization that slavery is wrong and unjust.
Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
SECTION ONE — Introduction to Setting, Characters & Conflict
- The Ordinary World;
- The Call to Adventure;
- Refusing the Call;
- Meeting with the Mentor: and
- Crossing the First Threshold.
SECTION TWO — Action, Climax, Triumph
- Tests, Allies, and Enemies;
- Approach to the Inmost Cave;
- Ordeal; and
SECTION THREE — Resolution and Denouement
- The Road Back;
- Return with the Elixir.
Huck Finn’s Journey
In small groups, trace the development of Huck Finn in the novel following the Hero’s Journey. Focus on where Huck Finn is at the beginning and especially threshold moments/scenes where he changes.
Thug Notes Summary and Analysis