I need help with Huckleberry Finn???Can some one please answer these four questions for me!!!! In chapter 35, describe all of the obstacles that Tom and Huck put Jim through.In chapter 35, what...

I need help with Huckleberry Finn???

Can some one please answer these four questions for me!!!! 

In chapter 35, describe all of the obstacles that Tom and Huck put Jim through.

In chapter 35, what does Tom chastise Huck for and what does he make Huck do to correct his mistake?

In chapter 36, why do Tom and Huck change the tools they are using to help Jim escape?   What do they decided to use instead?

 What does, Nat, Jim's keeper think is out to get him?  What does he propose to do about it?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In respect to the essential elements of adventure, as Tom sees them, Jim is subjected to a number of tortures and made to accomplish some strange tasks. 

Jim has to help bring the grindstone into his cell so that he can scratch ciphers into the stone. He also has to scratch ciphers onto tin plates and throw them out the window. He writes on a shirt in his own blood. He also has to sleep with snakes, rats, and spiders. Along with Tom and Huck, Jim eats the sawdust created when they saw the bed leg in half. 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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While Huck seriously thinks that Jim is in danger, Tom thinks it is all just a game.  Huck is horrified when he learns that Jim has been free the whole time Tom Sawyer has been concocting his over-complicated plan to free him.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are friends. It is this friendship that will lead to Jim's difficulties. When the boys realize that Jim is imprisoned in the hut, Huck can only concentrate on freeing him where as Tom wants to create an elaborate scheme to free Jim, Tom's 'adventure' takes precedent over a human life. Unfortunately for Huck when Tom is involved he seems to lose his sense of self, going along with Tom's scheme which prolongs Jim's suffering. Tom Sawyer's sensibilities are founded in the illusion of what is moral and right. For example, Tom insists that Huck pay for the watermelon he stole but feels nothing knowing his 'game' is prolonging Jim's capture.

The boys decide to change the tools that they are using simply because they are not doing the job. What is interesting here is that Tom made the decision to use the case-knives which proved to be of little use, however when they begin to use the picks Tom insists that they make believe their tools are case-knives. This action confirms Tom's inability to admit fault, and further suggests that Jim's life is of little matter to him.

There is so much in this novel that anyone who reads it must have an understanding of Mark Twain's frame of reference to truly appreciate the value of this masterpiece.