Discussion question – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Some critics claim that Jim is Huck’s “true father.”

  1. Some critics claim that Jim is Huck’s “true father.” Defend or refute this statement.

     

  2. Discuss the qualities Huck possesses which are necessary for survival on the frontier. Give specific examples from the novel.

     

  3. What is the symbolic importance of the setting of the novel (land vs. river)?

     

  4. What does the reader infer about Twain’s attitude towards slavery and racism?

     

  5. Discuss how the river provides freedom for Huck.

     

  6. What is “civilization” in the mind of Huck?
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