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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

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Where does Huck escape to after leaving the cabin in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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It's not enough that Huck escapes from his old man's evil clutches; he has to make sure that Pap Finn won't come after him. Pap's already beaten Huck to within an inch of his life, and so Huck knows it's just a matter of time before he finishes the job. He comes up with an elaborate plan that'll make it seem like Pap Finn murdered him, and is shaking down Judge Thatcher for his son's reward money.

After crawling through a hole he's carved in the wall, Huck shoots a wild pig and spreads its blood all round the cabin, making it look like a murder scene. In the days before blood testing or DNA, there would have been no way for the authorities to determine whether this was pig's blood or human blood. Given what they already know about Pap Finn, the sheriff and Judge Thatcher will take one look at the bloody scene and immediately conclude that he's murdered his own son.

Once Huck makes good his escape, he heads off to Jackson's Island, an uninhabited island about two and a half miles south of St. Petersburg. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huck had run off to Jackson's Island with Tom and a boy called Joe Harper to play at pirates. So it's a familiar place for Huck, ideal for hiding out. He knows that he'll be able to stay there for a while without being discovered.

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Huck makes an elaborate plan to escape from his father's cabin and fake his own death. Escaping from cabin when his father was away, Huck kills a wild hog and returns to the cabin, smashes the door with an ax and spreads blood all over. He creates a false trail and adds some "fancy touches" to establish the impression that his body had been dragged into the river.

Huck then escapes to Jackson's Island, which is not far from town. It is on Jackson's Island where Huck comes across Jim and the two join up for the adventures that ensue in the novel. Huck learns at the end of the story that his father is dead and so it is safe for him to return home if he chooses. He does not go home, however, and instead figures he will "light out for the territory" and continue living as he has been. 

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