Essay On Admirable Characters In Huckleberry Finn

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Unadmirable characters in Literature are used to shine characters in a brighter light and by comparing them to another character allows a greater appreciation of that character. Mark Twain uses unadmirable characters in a similar way. The main difference is that the characters show traits that Huck wishes to purge from his life. In the adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck encounters many people who he clashes with due to his personality. Three prominent examples of those who aren’t admirable are Pap, the Duke and the Dauphin, and Colonel Sherburn and Boggs. Foremost, Pap is the embodiment of failure and self-destruction due to his incessant need to continue the chain of addiction and abuse in his family, primarily Huck. He is depicted as someone of seemingly ghastly figure when first introduced in the book, which is later described as the result of his endless drinking. This man has absolutely no regard to his or Huck’s wellbeing at any point of the story. In…show more content…
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