‘The conclusion of the story is actually a variation of its beginning, and is anticipated in the opening chapters. The book finally achieves a circular form that, in tension with the linear episodic dimension established on the trip down the river while Huck is ‘educated’, provides much of its lasting resonance. The end of the book lies in the beginning.’ Basset
To what extent do you agree with this view?
In what ways in the end of the novel problematic?
How would you describe the tone at the end of the novel?
What is Huck’s plan at the end, ‘I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally, she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before.’