Mark Twain was an American writer and is well-known for his novels like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc. He was brought up in Hannibal and is very known even with the kids for his novels.
Huckleberry Finn is a charecter of a twelve or thirteen year old in the famous book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn revolves around Huckleberry Finn. He is a lad about thirteen or fourteen years of age in the latter novel. "Huck" as Huckleberry is popularly called is the narrator in the novels Tom Sawyer, detective and Tom Sawyer abroad.
Inspiration for Huck Finn
Mark Twain has drawn Huck Finn from Tom Blankenship (a childhood friend) who was the child of the sawmill laborer and a drunkard. Tom Blankenship used to live near the famous Mississippi River in a dilapidated house and this house was quite close to the author's house. Huck Finn's father – Pap Finn has been drawn from Jimmy Finn- a drunkard who used to live close by. (Tom Blankenship's father was only an occasional drinker.) These characters and the places are seen through the eyes of a fourteen year old as the author was about that age at that time. Tom was one of seven siblings and grew up motherless. He did not attend school as the private schools were beyond economic reach and at that time there were no public schools. Tom grew uncared for most of the times. He was an uncouth person with a heart of gold. He was at liberty in order to do what he pleased as he had nobody to check or control him. His freedom was envied by boys of his age and they were eager to be in his company. This angered the parents in the community who forbade them from being friends with Huck Finn.
The adventures of Huck have been drawn from the incidents of that happened to Tom Blankenship's elder brother Benson. Benson was also a teenager and was a fisherman. He had a helped a runaway slave defying the law of the land. He used to get some food and also other items for the slave disregarding the risk he was undertaking and also shunning the reward that could have been earned if he would have helped the slave's surrender. Later other people interested in the prize money chased the slave down to the logjam where he drowned. Later Mark Twain along with his friends searched the log jam and found the body of the slave. Little is clear about how Tom passed away.
Huck Finn is similar to Tom Blankenship and is a vagabond. The mothers of all the boys in the community dreaded him and the children held him in great admiration. He was innocent but right enough to help Jim in order to escape slavery, though he knew it was against the law of the land as well as against Christian beliefs. He has been described in the novel , known as the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. His outfits were those of grown-up people, his hat was broken and his trousers were held by only one suspender. Tom's aunt Polly sympathizes him calling him the "poor motherless thing". Huck did not get any education and spent his time stealing, borrowing etc. In the novel of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he is adopted by the Widow Douglas who intends to send him to school as he had saved her life once.Jim also wants to escape to Ohio in order to earn money for his family and also because he comes to know that Miss Watson-sister of Widow Douglas has already planned to sell him off. The two boys have a lot of adventure together as they sail down the famous Mississippi river each with dreams in the eyes. Eventually Jim becomes free because Miss Watson is dead. Pap-father of Huck Finn too is dead but Huck Finn plants to go to Indian Territory.
Tom Sawyer is Huckleberry Finn's close confidante. Tom Sawyer admires Huck, makes him his role model and also copies his ways. Jim is also a friend of the Huckleberry Finn and his friendship made Huck realize the value of life and he helps Jim in his escape to freedom.