I had to read this book for my American Literature class this year, and it was also mandatory reading for my eighth grade reading class. I never read it in eighth grade. I simply just could not get into it. I stopped after Huck disguised himself as a girl. The rest I looked up on SparkNotes. It was the only mandatory school reading book I did not finish. And now to why I have decided to finish every book I start: I will pick it up again. My teacher gave the class a choice between Huck Finn and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Obviously, I chose Huck Finn, and this time I completed it.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about freedom. Huck wants to escape the wrath of his father and has no wish to be civilized. Jim escapes slavery. Together, they have a journey on the Mississippi. On the journey, they meet lots of people of society. The men on the Walter Scott, the Grangerfords, the “Duke” and the “King”, Colonel Sherburn, and the Wilks’s daughters to name a few.
I did not completely enjoy the book. Like when I started it in eighth grade, I didn’t fully get into it. Unlike eighth grade however, I can at least appreciate it. Twain makes a bold move tackling the issue of slavery and society. Still, it is not a book I will ever read again or one I would recommend.