Key Plot Points
Huck’s Father Returns (Chapter 5): When Huck’s father, Pap, returns near the beginning of the novel, it sets Huck’s journey in motion and causes him to leave behind the easy fun he’s been enjoying with Tom. In addition, an element of dread floats in the background of the novel as Huck and readers wonder if Pap will ever catch up to his son.
Exposing the Charlatans’ Lies (Chapter 28): Huck’s reveal to Mary Jane of his and his companions’ duplicity showcases a significant moment in his moral development. Here, Huck displays both empathy toward Mary Jane, guilt for his part in the scheme, and enough foresight to keep Jim safe from the town’s wrath. Despite the consequences, he resolves to tell the truth, a somewhat foreign concept for him.
Huck Resolves to Free Jim (Chapter 31): Huck’s debate on whether he...
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