Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by American author Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. It is commonly named among the Great American Novels, and was ranked first in the 1998 Modern Library list of the 100 best novels written in English since 1900.

The novel is narrated by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Huck runs away from his abusive father and, with his companion, the runaway slave Jim, makes a long and frequently interrupted voyage down the Mississippi River on a raft. Along the way, they encounter a variety of characters, including con men, feuding families, and escaped slaves. Huck also struggles with his conscience, as he has been taught that it is wrong to help a runaway slave. However, he eventually comes to recognize Jim as a human being and a friend.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn explores a number of complex themes, including:

  • Racism: The novel is set in the antebellum South, and Twain does not shy away from depicting the racism that was prevalent at the time. Huck himself is initially racist, but he comes to see Jim as a human being and a friend.
  • Friendship: The novel explores the power of friendship, even between people who are different from each other. Huck and Jim's friendship is a testament to the fact that people can overcome their differences and find common ground.
  • Conscience: Huck struggles with his conscience throughout the novel. He knows that he is supposed to help Jim escape, but he has also been taught that it is wrong to help a runaway slave. In the end, Huck follows his conscience and helps Jim.
  • Freedom: The novel explores the theme of freedom in a number of ways. Jim is seeking freedom from slavery, and Huck helps him to achieve it. However, the novel also suggests that everyone is seeking freedom in some way, whether it is from social constraints, personal limitations, or even just the daily grind of life.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered one of the greatest American novels ever written. It is praised for its humor, its vivid descriptions of the Mississippi River, and its exploration of complex themes such as racism, friendship, conscience, and freedom. The novel is also notable for its groundbreaking use of vernacular English.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been translated into more than 70 languages and has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. It has also been adapted into numerous films and television shows. The novel remains a popular read today, and it is still studied in schools and universities around the world.


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