Huck Finn

Matthew D. Smith
Mrs. Berryman
English III
1 March 2011
Comparison of Mark Twain and Huck Finn
Huck’s life in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn replicates many actions of Samuel Clemens’, Mark Twain’s, life in Missouri and also some of his later life. He spent most of his life along the Mississippi River where he got most of his ideas for the novel.   The setting of the story, some of the objects the characters find, and the fact that Huck moves all over the place mirrors Twain’s life.
Many actions in the book are reflections of Twain’s childhood. Twain based the setting of the book, St. Petersburg, Missouri, on his home town of Hannibal, Missouri. Hannibal was a violent town, but also had some romance to it (Mark Twain). It was said that the town of Hannibal had many robberies but also was a beautiful town.
      While he was moving around, Clemens started his training to be a steamboat pilot in 1857 (Mark Twain Biography). He then got his piloting license in 1859. This was his life-long dream. Sadly, this dream ended in 1861 when the American Civil War stopped most civilian traffic on the Mississippi.
      He then started to travel all over the United States. He lived with his brother, Orion, until he was 22 years old. He then followed his printing career. He was what they called back in those times a “Journey Printer”(Mark Twain). He moved from Hannibal to St. Louis, Missouri. He then went to Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and then ended up in Philadelphia. After being in Philadelphia, Twain moved back to live with his brother in New Orleans.

This moving around America helped him to create the character Huck. Huck was kidnapped from St. Petersburg and moved from place to place getting away and trying to free Jim. They moved from town to town, making sure they did not get caught and Huck would even change his name. Twain did the same thing. He wrote for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. There, he wrote editorials, news...