What are three different incidents in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" you would consider funny? What are three different incidents in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" you would...

What are three different incidents in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" you would consider funny?

What are three different incidents in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" you would consider funny?  

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One scene that really struck me was the conversation between Huck and Jim about King Solomon and King Louis of France.  Huck tries explaining the details of both kings to Jim, and Jim just contradicts him with uniquely logical arguments the entire time.  My favorite is when Huck tells Jim that King Louis speaks French.  That makes no sense to Jim, and he asks Huck if a cat is a man, or if a cow is a man.  Huck responds no, so Jim says of King Louis being a man, "Dad blame it, why doan he talk like a man?  You answer me dat!" (Chapter 14).

Another funny scene occurs when Jim is going to use his ox's hairball to tell Huck's fortune.  Unfortunately, the hairball "wouldn't talk without money."  So Huck gives him a counterfeit coin, and all of a sudden, the hairball can talk.  (Chapter 4)  It is a funny scene because first of all, a hairball?  Secondly, money was required for a fortune.

One last scene that comes to mind is the scene in which the boys are planning their kidnapping and robbery adventures (chapter 2); they have no concept of what they are even trying to do. They figure that taking someone for ransom means that "we keep them 'till they're dead."  Then they figure that with kidnapping women, "by and by they fall in love with you and never want to go home no more."  All in all, it's a hilarious scene of boys naively planning mischief.

These are just three scenes among many; Twain does a great job making the book humorous.

ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. This first incident that occurs with the Widow Douglas and Moses and the Bulrushers is hilarious. The Widow is telling Huck the story of Moses and Huck is "in a sweat" to learn about him. But then he finds out that Moses has been dead "a considerable time" and he "don't take no stock in dead people" so Huck looses interest in the story.

2. When Miss Watson is telling Huck about heaven, she says that all people do is hand around and sing all day. Huck thinks this sounds boring so he asks if Tom Sawyer will be in heaven, Miss Watson says, "Not by a considerable amount". Huck thinks that's great because he can go to hell and be with his friend.

3. When Huck runs away from the Widow Douglas, Tom promises him he can be part of a gang if goes back to the Widow and acts "respectable". The irony is extremely funny, expecially when Tom announces his gang will hold people for ransom but none of the boys knows what ransom means.It is a perfect comment on some of the more ridiculous aspects of romanticism.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The funniest part of the book for me is the moment where Tom and Huck each come up with escape plans for Jim. Hucks' plan is simple, straightforward and sure to work. Tom says that it will work, sure, but it lacks certain elements necessary to an adventure. 

Before Huck relates Tom's plan in the narrative he says that Tom's plan certainly won't have the same lacks that his plan had and Tom's plan is sure to have plenty of those necessary elements. 

charcunning eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I love the scene where Jim and Huck are discussing the French language and King Solomon.

Also, the scene in the beginning where the boys are creating their gang and deciding how to "ransom" someone.

My favorite though is when the Duke is pretending to be the deaf/mute brother William and he is pretending to do sign language and he's "goo-gooing"...so pathetic you have to laugh!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

 I love the hairball scene in the beginning. I always read it out loud when my classes start this book. It is hard to keep from laughing! I also enjoy the king and the duke's garbled and absurd versions of Shakespeare’s plays.  Huck's father's "reformation" at the judge's house is pretty good too.

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