Socratic Seminar

Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Pages: 3 (997 words) Published: September 21, 2008
In class we had a Socratic seminar about the books, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. During the seminar we had questions to discuss and share our opinions. There was one particular question that I prefer to answer and that is “ Is Huck Finn really brave or just rebellious?” Everybody had his or her opinions towards this question. One of my classmates said that he was “rebellious and naïve because he didn’t understand what he was doing.” As others in the class felt that he was a brave young man and did the right thing in helping Jim escaping and helping him become free. As for me I agree with everyone that thought Huck was a brave person or kid. There were 3 specific reasons I agree with that statement. Well first of all he was brave for risking his life in helping Jim escape. Second reason was that he dressed up like a girl in order to save Jim from being captured and face consequences. The last reason was he told Tom about helping and helped Jim from being captured from Tom’s aunt.

The first reason referred to was that he risked his own life to help another man, not just a man, a slave escape. First of all I that was a very noble deed because first of all he was brought up to believe helping a slave is very wrong and illegal. Second, if he was caught doing what he was doing he would have been in so much trouble, that his drunk father would care about what he did and be very angry with him and probably beat him immensely. On page 26, “ He kept me with him all the time and I never got a chance to run off… Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store, three miles, to the ferry and traded fish and game for whisky and fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time and licked me.” This quote showed me the reason to believe if he got caught helping Jim he would have got severely beaten and I felt that this was one reason it was a brave act of Huck’s part. Which leads to one act he did which was...
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