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Dialectical Journal of Huck Finn
  Kia Cleveland Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Dialectical Journal Entries Passage from book/novel My response/Analysis/Questions/Wonderings Page 2 Paragraph 2: After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers This is the first example of lower levelled dialect that I noticed in the novel. This represents his lower quality of education at the time and his misuse of proper grammar or  pronunciation Page 2 Paragraph 4: Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad then, but I didn't mean no harm. All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change, I warn't particular Huck just made reference to hell when Miss Watson tried to teach him about the bible. Page 3 Paragraph 1: I felt so lonesome I most wish I was dead I understand the way he feels more often than not, unfortunately. Page 3 Paragraph 1: I didn't need my tracks three times and crossed my breast every time; and then I tied up a little lock of my hair with a thread to keep witches away. Why is Huckleberry Finn thinking so much after he killed the spider? Page 3 Paragraph 2: Then I slipped down to the ground and crawled in among the trees, and, sure enough, there was Tom Sawyer waiting for me. This is the first time we see Tom Sawyer, another character by Twain. Sawyer is the main character in the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, another famous novel by Twain. Page 3 Paragraph 3: Miss Watson’s big nigger, named Jim, was setting in the kitchen door This is the introduction of Jim. Is Jim a runaway slave? Page 5 Paragraph 1: Jim always kept that five-center piece around his neck with a string and said it was a charm the devil give to him with his own hands and told him he can cure anybody with it and fetch witches whenever he wanted to, just by saying something to it;  but he never told what it was he said to it. It is hard to tell if Jim is really serious and if he really got the necklace from the devil? Can he actually control the witches? I don’t think so because he won’t prove it to a single soul.  Page 6 Paragraph 14: Must we always kill the  people? Huck and others don’t like the ideas of Tom Sawyer’s new group. Page 9 Paragraph 2: So I knowed, then, that this warn't pap, but a woman dressed up in a man's clothes I feel like he is just trying to block his father out of his mind because he doesn’t want him around, so he imagines this “woman” as an impersonator. Page 11 Paragraph 6: I don't take no stock in mathematics, anyway. Huck “doesn’t use mathematics.” I’m pretty sure he doesn’t understand that math helps grasp a better understanding of the world. Page 14 Paragraph 7: He said he'd cowhide me till I was black and blue if I didn't raise some money for him. Huckleberry Finn is regularly abused by his father, who disappears for extended periods of time. His father also makes Finn mooch money for him to satisfy his alcoholism.  Kia Cleveland Page 22 Paragraph 4: By and by he rolled out and jumped up on his feet looking wild, and he see me and went for me. He chased me round and round the place with a clasp-knife, calling me the Angel of Death..... see who was who Okay. His father has some crazy mental issues. Page 24 Paragraph 4: went to work on that log again. Before he was t'other side of the riv*er I was out of the hole; Did he just saw through the wall of a log cabin? Page 38 Paragraph 7: It's a dead man. Yes, indeedy; naked, too. He's ben shot in de back. I reck'n he's ben dead two er three days. Come in, Huck, but doan' look at his face  —  it's too gashly. Who is the dead man? Page 39 Paragraph 2: He said it would fetch  bad luck Will the man bring bad luck, is this foreshadowing something? Page 45 Paragraph 4: Come, now- what's your real name? How did the woman discover Huck’s true identity? Will she come back and expose him? Page 50 Paragraph 6: Steamboat captains is always rich, and get sixty dollars a month, and they don't care a cent what a thing costs, you know, long as they want it. I did some research on Mark Twain and it turns out he likes steamboat workers. I  believe that his pen name is an allusion to the riverboating profession. Page 54 Paragraph 2: We see the lantern show like a little spark at the texas door for a second, and we knowed by that that the rascals had missed their boat, and was  beginning to understand that they was in just as much trouble now as Jim Turner was. Huck has to use his conscience here. He doesn’t want to wish anything bad upon Ji m even if he was a murderer. Page 58 Paragraph 11: Yit dey say Sollermun de wises' man dat ever live'. I doan' take no stock in dat. Huck and Jim refer to King Solomon from  biblical times. Religion seems to be to something everybody, free or enslaved, knows about in the South. Page 63 Paragraph 6: Drinkin'? Has I ben a-drinkin'? Has I had a chance to be a-drinkin'? Why is Jim acting so weird? Page 68 Paragraph 13: Set her back, John, set her back! says one. They backed water. Keep away, boy  —  keep to looard. Confound it, I just expect the wind has blowed it to us. Your pap's got the smallpox, and you know it  precious well. Why didn't you come out and say so? Do you want to spread it all over? Huck is a great liar. It really helps him out, which is deceptive, but you have to do what you have to do to survive. Right? Page 73 Paragraph 5: As soon as I was in the old gentleman he locked the door and barred it and bolted it, and told the young men to come in with their guns Why are these people so paranoid?  Kia Cleveland Page 81 Paragraph 16: Why, where was you raised? Don't you know what a feud is? This feud seems to be similar to the Hatfield and McCoy feud. If the feuds are similar, then will they both end in violent blood baths  between the families. Page 94 Paragraph 6: Trouble has done it, Bilgewater, trouble has done it; trouble has  brung these gray hairs and this premature  balditude. Yes, gentlemen, you see before you, in blue jeans and misery, the wanderin', exiled, trampled-on, and sufferin' rightful King of France This part seems like an extremely long and complicated persona that he and the so called duke are taking on. Page 101 Paragraph 10: but he said he had  been in this country so long, and had so much trouble, he'd forgot it. The men are not from France, they are just  pretending to be influential figures from France. Page 102 Paragraph 9: Hamlet's soliloquy, you know; the most celebrated thing in Shakespeare. They are educated enough to know about Hamlet’s soliloquy about suicide, yet their dialect level is incredibly low? This makes no sense. Page 112 Paragraph 2: It warn’t funny to me though; I was all of a tremble to see the danger. Huck is actually worried for the safety of the man who drunkenly got on the circus horse. However, he does not know this is part of the act.
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