Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Characters

Meet the Cast

Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry may have $6,000 and a laissez faire attitude toward showing up to school, but we're not about to switch places with him. This is one kid with a serious ethical dilemma—and we...

Jim

Jim is a slave. For most people living in the pre-Civil War South, that's about all there is to know. Who cares about a slave's motivations, or character, or background, or feelings? It would be li...

Tom Sawyer

We first met Tom in Mark Twain's previous book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Tom Sawyer is Huck's good friend, introduced in a previous book by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. And he isâ...

The Duke and The King

Sorry to disappoint you, but these aren't a real Duke and King. Nope. They're conmen who team up to bilk the gullible people of more than one riverside town.Of the two, the king is definitely the w...

Pap

Sure, Huck's father Pap may be an ignorant, abusive, alcoholic racist who beats his son and extorts whiskey money from him, but he's not all bad. He's got some really redeeming qualities—like…L...

The Widow Douglas

We don't see much of the Widow Douglass, but we get the feeling she's a nice lady. She takes Huck under her wing and promises to civilize him, which maybe not be what he wants but, by the standards...

Miss Watson

Miss Watson is Widow Douglas's sister, "a tolerable slim old maid, with goggles [glass]" (1.6). And she means well. (We guess.) But if Widow Douglas represents the good parts of civilization, Miss...

The Grangerfords

We might as well be talking about Scarlett O'Hara, because The Grangerford clan is Twain's example of a traditional aristocratic family living in the pre-Civil War South. They're extremely wealthy:...

Buck Grangerford

Move over, Tom: Huck has a new BFF. Buck and Huck become pals the second they meet, partly because Buck's a friendly guy: Say, how long are you going to stay here? You got to stay always. We can ju...

Aunt Polly

Tom's Aunt Polly doesn't make her grand entrance until the very end of the novel, but that woman has awesome timing (check out Chapter 42; we can't do it justice). Although she's around a lot more...

Silas and Sally Phelps

Small world: the king (who? check out his "Character Analysis") just so happens to sell Jim to Tom's aunt and uncle. Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas are good-natured and hospitable southern folk with lo...

The Shepherdsons

We don't know much about the Shepherdson family other than the fact that they are the rival clan of Huck's adoptive family, the Grangerfords. The Shepherdson plantation is about five miles away fro...

Colonel Sherburn and Boggs

Sherburn and Boggs are only in the story for a short time, and neither has anything to do with the overall plot of the novel. What gives, Mr. Twain? Well, we think they illustrate two common types...

Judge Thatcher

Judge Thatcher and Widow Douglass are the dynamic duo fighting for Huck's safety and well-being at the start of the novel. The judge is super-respectable and seems like an all-around good guy. At t...

The Wilks Family

The Wilks family is the target of one of the duke and the king's most conniving scams. The two cons learn from a local young man that Peter Wilks, a fairly wealthy local tanner, has just passed awa...
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