Gilmore Girls Season 1, Episode 1
MRS. TRAISTER: For those of you who have not finished the final chapters of Huckleberry Finn you may use this time to do so. For those of you who have, you can start on your essay now. Whichever task you choose, do it silently..
Of course Rory chooses to do the essay
The Great American Novel
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the first novel I have ever read by Mark Twain. I’m also Australian so I hope that explains how this travesty occurred.
I have not previously read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the events after which this novel proceeds, and yet I don’t feel as if I needed to. Huckleberry’s tale stands quite strongly on its own.
We follow Huck and Jim as they travel down the Mississippi River. Huck begins his adventure to escape his abusive father while Jim is running away from being sold on as a slave. They get into various levels of trouble and crazy adventures. Their friendship grows and falters and grows some more. Tom Sawyer cameos and slaves are freed. It’s a gripping adventure novel and I can understand why it has been dubbed as greatly american.
The most confronting part of this adventure is the wildly common use of the n-word. Although this is a historical piece and reflects not only the time/location it was set but also the status of Huckleberry, being working class and uneducated, it still struck some uncomfortable chords. Is this novel racist in that regard? I’m not entirely sure. The stereotypical depictions most likely are but I think they sit on the border rather than pressing onto completely and utterly offensive. If I’m wrong please let me know. I’m open to being educated on the matter as I sincerely have no idea.
Huckleberry Finn is a charming boy and it was a pleasure to share the adventure with him and Jim. Do I think this is a must read? Most definitely. Do I think it should be taught in school? Not really. I’m a 25 year old that struggled enough with the (now and retroactively) racist language.
Overall, it was entertaining and I highly enjoyed it. Would read again!