In these first eight chapters of Huckleberry Finn, I see connections with the literature that we read (covering American literature from pre-1492 to the writing of the Constitution in 1787-88).
- I see a lot of Thomas Jefferson in Tom Sawyer, the way he set up a gang of robbers and tried to govern them.
- I think Jim, with his superstition and his witchcraft, would have been quite infamous in Salem.
- I think the Widow Douglass and Jonathan Edwards had a hell of a lot in common
- I read about Pap and Huck's struggles to be free of his drunkenness, and I can almost see King George III, fighting to keep the American colonies under his thumb.
- I try to see similarities between these events and me. I connect with the stories and the characters.
How do you connect with Huckleberry Finn? What are some stories from the reading that you identified with? Leave your answer as a comment below.
To receive credit, agree or disagree with one of the connections I mention above in an essay of 100 words. You will be graded on the strength/originality of your thesis and conclusion (5 points) and how well you use details from the book to back up your ideas and demonstrate your reading (10 points). Leave your answers as comments below this post. The last day to receive full credit is Sunday, 29 August.