Education In Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” (Stephen Hawking). Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a book written about the life and adventure of young boy named Huckleberry Finn (Huck) and his companion, Jim. Though Huck has hardly any education, there is no denying that he is very intelligent. Huck’s companion, Jim, has no education, however you can still see his sharp logic, quick wit, and deep wisdom. Though today many believe that education is what makes a person intelligent and successful, Mark Twain does a great job showing that even though Jim and Huck do not have high levels of education they both show high level thinking. Though intelligence is believed to have a direct correlation with education by some, Mark Twain shows quite the contrary in Huckleberry Finn Although Huck does not have a high level of education, you can clearly see he is very intelligent. An example his intelligence can be seen when Huck convinced three slave hunters that his sick father was aboard the raft with smallpox so that the hunters wouldn’t check to boat and find Jim. When Huck begins to hint that he has a father with smallpox in the boat, they begin to question him and one of the hunters starts, “Well, that’s infernal mean. Odd, too. Say, body, what’s the matter with your father?” “It’s the-a-the-well, it ain’t anything much.” They stopped pulling. It warn’t but a might little ways to the raft now.One says:“Boy, that’s a lie. What is the matter with your pap. Answer up square now,
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