"She's Going to Adopt Me and Sivilize Me and I Can't Stand It": Huckleberry Finn Part 5


Huckleberry Finn ends with Huck leaving civilization and lighting out for the West. Of the ending, T.S. Eliot wrote, “I do not think that any book ever written ends more certainly with the right words." Huck concludes the novel, saying, “But 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.”


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Benedict J. Whalen is assistant professor of English at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the University of Dallas and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He teaches courses on a variety of topics, including the great books, Shakespeare, the metaphysical poets, and 19th century American literature. A recipient of the Rogers Fellowship at UNLV and the Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, he is the book reviews editor for the Ben Jonson Journal.