Huck Finn Chapter 30 Analysis Essay

Study Questions
1. What do Huck and Jim do as soon as Huck gets back to the raft?

2. Who do the king and the duke blame for stealing the money?

3. Who captured Jim and sold him?

4. Where did Jim go after he was sold?

5. What does Huck tell the duke about the raft when he meets him in town?

6. Why can’t Huck pray when he tries?

7. Why does Huck tear up his letter to Miss Watson?

8. Why is Chapter 31 a climactic chapter in the novel?

9. How does Huck feel about his decision to “buy Jim out of slavery”?

10. Why doesn’t Huck tell on the king and duke when he has a chance?

Answers
1. Huck and Jim hurriedly take off down the river in the raft to try to get away from the king and the duke.

2. They blame each other for stealing the money.

3. Jim was captured by the king. He sold him for $40.

4. Jim was sold to the owner of the Phelps Plantation.

5. He tells him the raft and Jim have both been stolen.

6. He can’t pray because his heart isn’t right. He says, you “can’t pray a lie.”

7. He wants to turn Jim in, but he can’t go through with it.

8. It is the ultimate moral decision for Huck to help Jim to freedom.

9. Huck feels that he is wicked for doing so, but he values Jim’s friendship above everything else.

10. He wants to be rid of them and have nothing more to do with them.

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Chapters 28-30

 

Chapter 28: In this chapter Huck meets with Mary Jane, one of the Wilks girls with whom he has become especially close, and he tells her that the king and duke are frauds and that he has taken the money from them. He writes a note to her telling her where he has hidden the gold.
By the end of the chapter, real trouble for the king and duke has come with the arrival of the legitimate heirs. It seems a confrontation will soon follow.
Chapter 29: To make a long story short, there's a lengthy dispute between the two pairs of heirs. As time passes, however, it becomes increasingly clear that the king and duke are frauds. All of the tension comes to a fountainhead at the burial of Peter Wilks, where the gold is discovered.
Leaving the king and duke to pay the penalty for their fraudulent scheming, Huck breaks free from the group and runs back to the river, where Jim has been waiting for him. Unfortunately, the king and duke follow him to the raft, angry that Huck was trying to give them the slip."
Chapter 30: So the foursome continues its journey down river, free from the town, but with the king and duke's scheme utterly foiled. Taking the pressure off of Huck for a moment, the king and duke argue amongst themselves, now suspecting each other of betrayal.

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