Chapter 38-39 The Adventures of Huck finn

How Have the Characters Developed in Your Chapters?

Huck- developed through these two chapters by becoming more responsible and not reliant on Jim as much. He helped Tom get Jim out and thought of the plan. Tom developed more in these two chapters by becoming more of a leader. He turned down Huck's original plan to get Jim out and he thought it was too simple. Huck was taking charge by telling Jim and Huck what to do and took the the role as the one in charge. He also created the plan to write a letter that he was a member of a gang and that he was going to get Jim out.

How Has the Plot developed in Your Chapters?

These chapters start off with Jim still stuck in the shed and Huck and Tom finishing a plan to get him free. With the original plan being shot down by Tom because it was too simple, Tom finds himself in a leadership role supervising Jim and Huck take objects to help them with their plan. Their "genius" continue with Tom and Huck try to get wild animals for Jim and put them in his cell but accidentally infests the house which puts aunt sally in a panic attack. The chapter ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger with Jim escaping and Tom proving his leadership qualities by writing a letter as a gang meme re who took Jim to throw everyone looking for him off. Tom also makes a gang symbol in blood which just freaks everyone out.

How are the major themes of the novel present in these chapters?

The major themesof this novel are present in these two chapters of the book with coming of age, the quest for freedom, and morality vs. society. The theme coming of age was present when both Huck and Tom almost become adults when they think of a plan and excecute it when it came to freeing Jim. They weren't kids relying on their elders they were men doing on their own. The next theme quest for freedom was present in this when Jim escapes confinement. The novel's quest for freedom theme is different when it talks about freedom from racism. Morality vs. society became present when Huck worked on his own and did not take anything from adults or family.

Literary lense that identified the big idea in these chapters

The literary lense that had identified these chapters messages had to be New Historicism. New Historicism identified the idea in these chapters by how Jim was locked up and treated differently because of his race. New Historicism was also present when Jim inscribed a coat of arms in the shed before leaving which said is something that happened back then.


“Every animal is grateful for kindness and petting, and they wouldn’t think of hurting a person that pets them." (-Huck) This quote has a response to Jim after Jim thought the animals were going to attack him. I feel this quote can be based on what is happening in this story when people think African Americans are these mean people but Huck gave Jim a chance and now look at them.

“That ain’t got nothing to do with it. The thing for us to do is just to do our duty, and not worry about whether anybody sees us do it or not. Hain’t you got no principle at all?” This quote goes back to the novel how you shouldn't listen to what people say about you or what you do like with Jim and Huck.

“Don’t you believe it. We’ll fetch you a little one and you plant it in the corner over there, and raise it. And don’t call it mullen, call it Pitchiola—that’s its right name when it’s in a prison. And you want to water it with your tears.” (-Mars Tom) this quote is almost defiling Jim and how he's living. When it said water it with you tears I was confused because he had water so it could possibly mean it doesn't deserve to drink the same water as you, or that he only gets a certain amount of water.

Exam Questions:

1. True or False. Q) Huck and Tom infested the house with animals on purpose. A) False

2. Q) what did Huck and Tom make pens out of? a. Plates b. Spoons c. Cups A) spoons

3. Q) Who does ToM pretend to be in his last letter to the Phelpses? a. Someone interested in buying Jim b. The sheriff from the county c. A remorseful gang member A) c. A remorseful gang member

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