Published on October 28, 2014
Episode One:Pap Returns “..by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time:so then I didn't care anymore about him,because I don't take no stock in dead people(2). Characters in Episode One: Huck, Miss Watson, Jim, Pap, Widow Douglas, Tom Sawyer, Judge Thatcher; The New Judge Setting: Hannibal, Missouri is located in central Missouri, at the northern edge of the Lower Mississippi River. It is a small town where everyone knows each other,and a lot of the people seem to come from middle-class families. Plot Summary: The reader is introduced to Huckleberry Finn, the protagonist of the story, and some of his background. Huck Finn has been awarded a large sum of money. The Widow and Judge Thatcher attempt to “sivilize” him through education in academics and customary manners. Huck’s father, Pap, returns to the town of Hannibal to reclaim his son and,more importantly to Pap, the $6,000 that Huck was awarded. Despite the fact that Pap is a drunk and is often gone days at a time, he is awarded custody of Huck, and takes him away from this civilized society. Conflict: The man conflict in this episode is Man vs. Society. Huck questions the importance of being “civilized”,and Pap is constantly at odds with the law. What Huck Learns: Huck stumbles into his situation in Hannibal after his adventures with Tom Sawyer,and quickly decides that his lifestyle does not find favor with him. Although he is kidnapped unwillingly by Pap,he is not totally distressed by the idea that he will not have to conform to society’s strict expectations any longer. Key Questions: What is the importance of money? What is more important: society’s expectations or personal needs?