They miss this conjunction due to fog and other challenges, and then other things happen. They end up drifting south to Arkansas because neither of them can come up with a better strategy and also because the "Duke" and the "Dauphin" collide. This collision causes much damage to both ships but especially to the Dauphin, which sinks immediately.
Huck later admits that this was a bad idea. Not only does it cost them their ship but it also gets them into more trouble than they already are in.
Huck is going south because he wants to find his father, who has been turned into prison labor in Mississippi. As you might expect, this is not a good thing for Huck nor for his father. In fact, it's so bad that Huck decides to go back home again!
He travels north again though, this time with Joe, who has now grown quite fond of him. Their journey takes them through many dangers including wolves, Indians, and even slavery itself before they finally reach home free and safe.
I think what's wrong with going south is that it was a stupid idea to begin with.
Why is the town into which the Duke and Count travel deserted? There has been a yellow fever epidemic. Everyone went to the circus. The only people left are the Duke and the Count.
This element adds suspense to the story and helps develop characters. A reader wants to know what will happen to these people so that they can be felt through the pages. The writer also has freedom to show, not tell, about character events because the reader knows more about the characters than the author does.
Huck Finn shows that even though cities are becoming more civilized, there are still dangers in them that need to be avoided. This novel is about prejudice and how it can cause people to act violently against each other. Through this example, the book teaches us that even if you're just out for yourself, something bad could happen to you.
The Duke and the Dauphin are the Duke and the Dauphin of France, respectively. A couple of con guys who are being chased out of a river village by Huck and Jim. The elder guy, who looks to be around seventy years old, claims to be the "dauphin," King Louis XVI's son and successor to the French throne. He also claims to be a virgin. Huck finds this all very funny, but Jim isn't so amused.
In fact, later on we find out that this is not only false, but also that the dauphin was just a nickname that people gave him because of his physical appearance - he was actually quite ugly. It's now known as the "Duke syndrome" or "Duchess effect" - believing that someone who is not really famous or important may still get you into trouble. In this case, it gets Huck and Jim into trouble with the locals who don't like imposters taking over their river village.
Now, although he doesn't know it yet, the young man is also responsible for Tom Sawyer's wrongdoings in the town. You see, if the dauphin is found guilty of treason and sentenced to death, then Tom will go unpunished for his part in the robbery at the island near by the village.
However, before all this can happen, the guys who are chasing them away from the village catch up with them on the shore of the lake.
The two guys represent the sharp difference between the river and the shore and, once again, highlight the raft/shore contradiction. In a broader sense, the duke and king symbolize the confidence men who prowled the urban and rural landscapes of nineteenth-century America, constantly looking to prey on the credulous and ignorant. They were known as "fence lizards" for the way they would follow the borders of farms until they found an opening and then slip inside to take whatever money or valuables they could find.
One example of this type of character is Pudd'nhead Wilson from Mark Twain's novel Huckleberry Finn. Pudd'nhead is a white man who lives near the town of St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Mandy and their son Nod. He tries to warn Huck Finn about the dangers of living on the river but Huck refuses to listen. When Huck is caught stealing food and imprisoned, Pudd'nhead goes to the sheriff to explain that he should not be held responsible for what happened to him. The sheriff replies that no one will be held responsible but that still doesn't stop Pudd'nhead from going to court to get Huck released from jail!
Another example is King Cole, who appears in several stories written by Twain himself. Like the fence lizard, King Cole follows the railroad tracks looking for people to swindle.
What motivates Huck and Jim to go on their voyage down the Mississippi? When people start looking for Huck and Jim on Jackson's Island, they begin their voyage down the Mississippi. What prompted Huck and Jim to board the Walter Scott? To look into and salvage products.
Huck goes on this trip to escape from his life as a slave by going where no black person had gone before. He wants to see what's beyond the Mississippi River. Also, he hopes to find gold so that he can get back at his master who has many other slaves.
Jim joins Huck on his trip because he wants to see the world too. They plan to travel together until one of them finds gold or gets caught by the police.
Huck and Jim begin their trip down the Mississippi in the spring of 1852. By the time they reach Cairo, Illinois they have become friends and rely on each other to get them out of trouble. Huck learns that Jim is a free man but they cannot return home yet because Jim has unpaid court fees that would make him ineligible to be set free. The two friends continue down the river looking for gold but without much success. In the fall, the pair arrive in St. Louis where they meet up with another escaped slave named Dave Raymer who has plans of his own.
The Mississippi River The Mississippi River is a river that separates our country. It's a river that Jim believes is the only avenue to liberation, and it only flows one way: toward the slave-holding states. And the further south Huck and Jim travel, the more dangerous their quest gets. There are many evil people in the South who want to keep slavery alive. One of these people is the self-proclaimed "President" of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
Huck and Jim reach Illinois after crossing hundreds of miles of open land. Here they meet up with another young boy named Dave, who helps them find a place to stay. After some time, Dave's parents decide to leave, but before they do, he gives Huck and Jim each other's addresses. When Dave doesn't come back, Huck sends him a letter saying that they must continue on their journey.
Huck and Jim set out again, this time with no plan or direction. They just need to follow the river until they reach its source.
After several days on the road, Huck finds himself near the town of St. Louis. Here he meets up with another young man named Joe, who tells him that there is a free state called Nebraska ahead. Joe also says that slaves can't go there because it's not part of any free territory. With hope in his heart, Huck sets off again with Jim for the new state.