Chapter 1- “Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn’t. She said it was a mean practice and wasn’t clean, and I must try not to do it anymore.”
Chapter 1 Response- Huckleberry Finn had lived a different life before he was taken in by the widow to become educated. Is the widow now a step-mother to him or just place to stay? In his life before, it had been acceptable for him to smoke and being uneducated was okay, and common. However, the widow wants young Huckleberry to become educated and civilized because she believes this is how proper boys should be.
Chapter 5- “And looky here- you drop that school, you hear? I’ll learn people to bring up a boy to put airs over his own father and let on to be better’n what he is.”
Chapter 5 Response- I chose this quote because I felt it showed where Huck was coming from with his education. It is Huck’s father talking to him and demonstrating how Huck had felt about education. During this time, fathers often did not want their sons to be better then them; as a drunk man, Huck’s father did not want Huck to be anything more than an uneducated drinker as well. Because that was all Huck knew for a long time this may be why the widow was having such a difficult time trying rein him in.
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