Cornell Notes Topic: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ______ Questions/Main Ideas: Name: _Hannah McDaniel ____________ Date: _October 4, 2018 ____ Assignment: _03.01B __ Notes: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is a book about a young boy's coming of age in the Missouri of the mid-1800s. The main character, Huckleberry Finn, spends much time in the book floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave named Jim. Before he does so, however, Huck spends sometime in the town of St. Petersburg where a number of people attempt to influence him. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His drunken and often missing father has never paid much attention to him; his mother is dead and so, when the book begins, Huck is not used to following any rules. Why is Huck living with a Widow? The book's opening finds Huck living with the slightly mean but sweet Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Both women are fairly old and are really somewhat incapable of raising a rebellious boy like Huck Finn. Why are they trying to civilize Huck? They attempt, as Huck says, to "civilize" him. This process includes making Huck go to school, teaching him various religious facts, and making him act in a way that the women find socially acceptable What does Miss Watson try to teach Huck? Huck never really enjoys the life of manners, religion, and education that the Widow and her sister impose upon him.