Accessible World presents Ira Fistell Discussing The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

During the past few months, we have explored the mind and heart of Huck Finn through Ira Fistell's brilliant analysis and comprehension of this novel. An author and his characters are linked for all time, and so it is with Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn. In our previous discussions, Ira has revealed how characters reflect time, culture, and history. At the outset, Huck believed what his friend Tom Sawyer believed.
Traveling in the company of Jim, he is learning what it takes to live independently and in so doing discovers he has resources upon which he can call. Finn is a survivor. A life well lived takes not just intelligence--It takes cunning and a good bit of common sense. As we near the end of Huck's adventure filled life, Tom will make a reappearance. How has their time apart and separate experiences changed them? Will they have the same friendship? Huckleberry Finn is wiser now. He has learned to judge life in the context of experiences Tom hasn't shared. what lessons can be drawn that have meaning for us a century later. Was Mark Twain speaking only for his time? What significance does this particular work have for us? For a penetrating look at a boy's life and struggle, you can't do better than Huck Finn. Ira's discussion will begin with Chapter 24. Huck Finn had adventures. In our travels with him, we learned a few things about living and shared those adventures ourselves.

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