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June 13 2000 Cliffsnotes Literature Guides
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on Huckleberry Finn, you follow the Mississippi River adventures of Mark Twain's mischief-making protagonist Huck Finn and the runaway slave Jim.

Just like Huck's makeshift raft, this study guide carries you along on his incredible journey by providing chapter summaries and critical analyses on life in the late-19th-century American south. You'll also gain insight into the man behind this American classic — Mark Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens. Other features that help you study include

  • Character analyses of major players
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • Critical essays
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
  • A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

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About the Author

Robert Bruce currently teaches American Humor and is Director of the Texas Annual Fund at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University with a specialization in Mark Twain and American Humor.

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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn "Critique"
Huckleberry Finn introduces himself as someone who appeared in an earlier book reminding us of what happened towards the end of that story. Though he won't mention it until later in the story, when his irresponsible father has left him by his self. Huck has been living with Ms. Douglas a widow, a kind woman who wants to teach him all the things his father has neglected, the things all normal kids would usually learn.
He tells us about Miss Watson, the widow's sister, who is strict on teaching Huck good manners and religion, and about Tom Sawyer and his stories, a boy like Huck looks up to because of his wide reading and imagination ability. He is also friendly with Jim, the black slave. Huck's father returns and takes him away from the widow. A pig has murdered when his father begins beating him, Huck runs away and makes it look as though Huck. He hides out on a nearby island, intending to take off after his neighbors stop searching for his assumed dead body.
Jim the black slave of Miss. Watson is also hiding on the island, since he has run away from Miss Watson, who was about to sell him and separate him from his wife and his deaf little girl. They decide to escape together, and when they find a large raft, their journey on the Mississippi River begins. After a couple of adventures on the Mississippi River, a steamboat hits their raft, and Huck and Jim are separated. Huck goes ashore and finds himself at the home of the Grangerfords, which allow him to come and live with them. At first Huck admires these people for what he thinks is their class and good taste. But when he learns about the deaths caused by a feud with another family, he becomes disgusted with the Grangerfords.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good basic resource Feb. 15 2004
I think this is probably best for people that need basic info. For the person that needs to write an indepth paper or do indepth research this is probably not the choice for you. It's a good basic tool for the beginner though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 24 2001
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I found this book an excellent choice of words to describe Mark Twaine's Huck Finn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help for Tests and Essays May 5 2011
By Toki Mike - Published on
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This audio Cliffs Notes on the Adventures of Huck Finn does its job very well. Any high school or college student that needs to study for a test or write a paper about Huck Finn will benefit from these CDs. I have already read the book, but these CDs reminded of several themes and characterizations that I had missed or forgotten. The chapter summaries are great reminders of the plot line. The instructions suggest listening to the CDs after reading the book. But Mark Twain uses 19th century Southern idioms that most of us would miss. These CDs contain a glossary at the end of each chapter summary, so I think the listener will get more out of the book by listening to the plot summary and glossary for each chapter before reading it. Using the audio format is especially useful for a commuter student who can use his driving time to listen to these CDs to plan a paper or review for a test.

The commentary makes clear why this book is considered by many to be the best novel ever written in America. Not only is it funny, but much of the black humor is actually severe criticism of Southern white culture and racism both before and after the Civil War.

I only have one thematic quarrel with the comments. The commenter seems to think that Huck's conscience is formed by his culture, but he then fails to explain why Huck rebels in order to do the right thing. It is easier to assume that we and Huck are born with an innate sense of right and wrong, which we Catholics would say is formed by Natural Law. But as we grow up, a society can pervert our innate conscience, so Huck comes to believe it is wrong to free a slave. But his innate conscience tells him to do the right thing, to help Jim escape slavery; even though his society says it is wrong.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good basic resource Feb. 15 2004
By Bethanie Frank - Published on
I think this is probably best for people that need basic info. For the person that needs to write an indepth paper or do indepth research this is probably not the choice for you. It's a good basic tool for the beginner though.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Tool For The Academic Student or the Life-Long Learner May 24 2011
By James Gallen - Published on
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I picked up the "CliffNotes on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to see if it would give me some deeper insights into this classic that I had read several times since my introduction in high school. I was not disappointed. I had reread the book in preparation for the notes. I found that the CliffNotes helped me more fully appreciate themes in the book that I had only begun to suspect in my own reading, such as Jim's heroism and paternalism toward Huck, the contrast between the peaceful raft and the turbulent shore and Twain's criticism of his society. Whether you are an academic student looking for help with a class or a life-long learner seeking to delve more deeply into Huckleberry Finn, these CliffNotes are a helpful tool.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and Enjoyable to Use Study Help July 28 2011
By Ron Coia - Published on
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As an English teacher, I'm supposed to discourage students from using this, right? Not at all. I think that this type of commentary (and even SparkNotes) can provide readers focus and attention to understand and enjoy the text better.

This CliffsNotes CD is an excellent tool that I'll recommend to students this year. It begins with an excellent overview of the novel, its origins, and its problems before delving into the chapter commentaries. The work is clear enough for high school students yet challenging enough for adults as well. I enjoyed listening to this, even though I've read the novel many, many times in the past.

One added feature that is useful is that the pack comes with both the audio discs AND the mp3 disc. This disc makes it quick and easy to put on your iPod.

Huck will thank you for trying to understand him better!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly worthless for my purposes May 30 2011
By Andrew Raker - Published on
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When I ordered this product, I failed to realize that it would be a boring reading of the cliffnotes study guide, which would include a reading of all the unnecessary copyright information, etc. at the the beginning of each audio tract.

It is not as though the audio might not be helpful for someone who is spending hours a day driving and wants something interesting to listen to. However, listening to these CDs for hours in order to learn the same information that might have taken me 1/2 an hour to read in the text version of the CliffNotes (or SparkNotes) study guide makes listening to the audio CD version a waste of time. Besides, the readers of the text on the CDs are very boring.

So, unless you physically cannot read the text version of the study guide, I do not recommend that you purchase this Cliff Notes version.

I could not even make it past the biographical information on Mark Twain's life, which itself, was (1) quite basic - what any English student should already know, and (2) presented in a very boring manner (no dramatization - just like someone reading from a book, who does not enjoy reading).

Maybe, I had faulty expectations, and potential purchasers, especially those who might download these CDs to their ipod, might find this cliff notes series worthwhile. Clearly, I did not.
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