This list of important quotations from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will help you work with the essay topics and thesis statements above by allowing you to support your claims. All of the important quotes from Huckleberry Finn listed here correspond, at least in some way, to the paper topics above and by themselves can give you great ideas for an essay by offering quotes and explanations about other themes, symbols, imagery, and motifs than those already mentioned and explained. Aside from the thesis statements above, these quotes alone can act as essay questions or study questions as they are all relevant to the text in an important way. All quotes from Huck Finn contain page numbers as well. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of the text they are referring to.
“Miss Watson she kept pecking at me, and it got tiresome and lonesome. By-and-by they fetched the n__ in and had prayers, and then everybody was off to bed” (3).
“Pap he hadn’t been seen for more than a year, and that was comfortable for me; I didn’t want to see him no more. He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around” (13).
“I borrowed three dollars from Judge Thatcher, and Pap took it and got drunk and went a-blowing around and cussing and whooping and carrying on” (23).
“my clothes got to be all rags and dirt, and I didn’t see how I’d ever got to like it so well at the widow’s where you had to wash, and eat on a plate, and comb up, and go to bed and get up regular, and be forever bothering over a book and have old Miss Watson peeking at you all the time. I didn’t want to go back no more. I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn’t like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn’t no objections (26).
“It didn’t take me long, though, to make up my mind that these liars warn’t no kings nor dukes at all, but just low-down humbugs and frauds. But never said nothing, never let on; it’s the best way; then you don’t have no quarrels, and don’t get into no trouble. If they wanted us to call them kings and dukes, I hadn’t no objections, long as it would keep peace in the family; and it warn’t no use to tell Jim so I didn’t tell him” (40).
“Being Tom Sawyer was easy and comfortable; and it stayed easy and comfortable till by-and-by I hear a steamboat coughing along down the river” (52).
“So Jim stuck by Tom through everything, but that meant he got catched and was back in the hut. This time it was a real safe jail; chained up every which way; and a guard dog and men with guns. No way we could’ve got Jim out of that arrangement” (58).
“It hadn’t ever come to me before, what this thing was I was doing. But now it did; and it staid with me, and scorched me more and more. I tried to make out to myself that I warn’t to blame, because I didn’t run Jim off from his rightful owner; but it warn’s no use, conscience up and says, every time, “But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could a paddled ashore and told somebody” (92).
Reference for Citation : Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn. New York; Signet Classics, 2001.