Huck Finn Literature Circle # 4 Chapters 30-38
Summarizer (5-7 minutes) • Share your assessment of the major events of chapter 30-38. Make sure you clearly outline each chapter • Group members may add to the summary, but be RESPECTFUL • This is a good time to clarify any confusion you may have had while reading these chapters • Discussion director should make sure everyone stays on task.
Illustrator (5 minutes) • Share your illustration with your group and explain why you chose what you did. Make sure you are detailed. • Other group members should ask questions and make connections to what the summarizer said
Discussion Director (7-10 minutes) • Begin asking and discussing your questions. Make sure you facilitate the discussion so it lasts the full time period. Make sure you invite everyone to participate in the discussion; don’t monopolize the conversation. Get it going and then allow others to comment.
Illuminator (7-10 minutes) • Share your passages and insights. Make sure you tell your group the page number. • This is a good time to discuss the passages, add to the discussion as the illuminator shares (discussion director, you should be exceptionally perceptive in adding your thoughts here)
Word Watcher (5-7 minutes) • Share the words and their significance with particular attention paid to historical/biographical significance— • If you do not have a word watcher, you should work together as a group to find important words in the passage to record.
Connector (7-10 minutes) • Share your connections to the text and encourage your group to add their own thoughts to your connections. • How do subconcious desires manifest in everyday life? • What are Huck’s subconscious desires? Jim’s? Twains? • How do these subconscious desires add depth to your reading?
Discussion director will be the illuminator Illuminator will be the illustrator Illustrator will be the connector Connector will be the summarizer Summarizer will be the discussion director Discussion director will be the illuminator Illuminator will be the illustrator Illustrator will be the connector Connector will be the summarizer Summarizer will be the Word Watcher Word Watcher will be the discussion director Next Lit Circle (11/17) chapters 39-43
Huck Finn chapters 30-38
King and the Duke’s Evil Plan • Huck and Jim tried to give the King and Duke the slip, but fail. • So, the King and the Duke do something about it. What? • Sell Jim for $40.00 • What does this tell you about the King and the Duke? • Just as evil if not more evil than Pap • What does this tell us about Jim’s role? • He is the “brains” and the “glue” that holds them together
Huck’s Realization • Huck realizes the depth of the conmen when Duke lies about Jim’s whereabouts—especially after the guilt trip he lays on them. • At first he was willing to go along with their lies to keep the peace and now he realizes the dangers of that
Huck’s Breakdown • Huck feels LOST without Jim and we see him break down with emotion for the first time. He has to make an important decision: • Free Jim or Write to Widow Douglass and send him home/back into slavery. • Huck makes his decision: Huck decides he’d rather do the WRONG thing and free Jim and go to Hell than do the RIGHT thing and allow Jim to be a slave. HUCK HAS INTEGRITY, but he never thinks that he is doing the right thing!!!!
Tests his Morality on Aunt Sally • Aunt Sally is relieved that no “people” died when Huck’s imaginary steamship went aground—only a black person did. How is this a test?
Given this information: • What is the CLIMAX (highest point of emotion/action with a turning point) of the novel? • Jim is sold • What is the DENOUEMENT (the “ah-ha” turning point where a character realizes something) of the novel? • When Huck makes his decision to free Jim
Huck has severed his relationship with society completely. Can he go back?
Satire in Huck Finn • What is satire? • Satire is a kind of literature that tries to open people’s eyes to the need for change by exposing the flaws of a person or society • What is irony? • Irony as you may recall is a contrast between what appears to be true and what IS true, or between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
Satire in Huck Finn • Example: Government Judicial system: • Pap is an example of satirizing the government judicial system because of his relationship to Judge Thatcher and his son. You expect a father to care about his son, but he scolds him about learning to read and “getting religion.” We may laugh at Pap, but we should also be aware of the messages: the new judge is too easily tricked by Pap’s “Reformation” and there is something wrong with a system that would let Pap take Huck.
When you are done with your quiz • Complete page 27-28 in your writing handbook. Be prepared to discuss.
Building a raft for Huck Finn Page 10-11 of your packet
Find an example for each of these in the novel • Man’s Cruelty to Man • Religious Hypocrisy • Romanticism (look in your notes to recall what this is) • Superstition With your partner, create a cartoon that fully represents the satire in one of these situations. Make sure it is creative and colorful.