Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain

To whoever should read this:
The following is a review of the book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. Enjoy.

           There are many things that people count on in this world. While some people put their trust in money or power, others trust in material possessions. Though all of these things will fail given enough time, a true friend can be trusted no matter what happens. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, many of the characters were not particularly wealthy, but their friends always upheld them in their times of need.
            One of the closest friends of Huckleberry Finn, the main character of the book, was a runaway slave named Jim. When he found Jim, Huck decided not to return him to his owner. Instead he promised to help Jim run away to freedom, so the two of them set out on a raft down the Mississippi River. On the trip down the river, Jim was of invaluable help when things went awry. At one point in time, Huck was separated from the raft which was a serious problem because the raft had all of the food and other provisions. Though Jim could have left Huck and tried to reach freedom by himself, he searched for Huck and eventually found him.  At another point on their trip down the river, the raft was lost and Huck found himself separated from Jim and in the midst of a family feud. Again Jim could have run off and left Huck with his troubles, but he found the raft and Huck and together they escaped.
            Huck was also quick to help those whom he considered to be his friends, even if he had only known them for a very short period. On one of the stops during his travels down the Mississippi River, he got mixed up in an ugly affair concerning the considerable wealth of a dead man. Two con artists were pretending to be the relatives of the daughters of the dead man so that they could get their hands on the money that was to be the girls’ inheritance. Huck knew that these men were not who they claimed to be, so he devised a plan to expose them and get the money back to its rightful owners. Even though this was perhaps not in his best interests Huck did it for the girls whom he considered his friends.
            Huck also had the opportunity to help his friend Jim on their trip down the Mississippi River. Since Jim was a black, he could not move freely through the southern states without being taken by a slave trader and sold. Huck helped Jim as much as could by hiding him when necessary for him to avoid detection; however, Jim was eventually caught and sold. When this happened, Huck had to decide whether he was going to continue on his own or free his friend. In Huck’s mind there was no choice; he was going to help free his friend no matter what might happen because of it. He did all that he could to free Jim, even getting shot in the process, and in the end Jim was free.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is fun to read but more importantly contains ideas of great truth that come straight from the Bible. When the characters of the book were in bad situations, it was not their material possessions but their reliance on their friends that sustained them. Moreover, they were more than happy to return the favor when the opportunity presented itself. As it is stated in Proverbs 17:17 A friend is loving at all times and becomes a brother in times of trouble.

Thank you for your time and for reading my blog.

Peter Last

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