Our class is currently reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The following is a dialectic journal entry for chapter six of the novel in which I have analyzed a passage and expressed my own insights, comments, and ideas.
April 24, 2017
P. 21 “…and I didn’t see how I’d ever got to like it so well at the widow’s, where you had to wash, and eat on a plate, and comb up, and go to bed and get up regular, and be forever bothering over a book and have old Miss Watson pecking at you all the time. I didn’t want to go back no more.”
Comments and Questions:
I think that this passage is particularly important because it shows what Huckleberry Finn values, and gives the audience an insight into his personality. Huck talks about how he prefers living with his abusive father, as opposed to living with Miss Watson. He would rather be abused by his alcoholic Pap than follow the constant rules and expectations put onto him by Miss Watson. This really shows how much Huck values freedom and independence, no doubt an essential part of his personality. I believe that Huck’s drive to act on his own terms and do as he pleases will be important part of the story and drive his decisions as the book continues. I also wonder if there is more of a reason why Huck prefers to live with his father, and if even though Pap is abusive, some part of Huck wants to be close to the only family he has.Tags: Huckleberry Finn