In most stories some character goes through their own hero’s journey, in The Adventures of Huckleberry FInn the main character Huck goes on an adventure and goes through his own hero’s journey. Huck lives in the south in the midst of slavery, Huck is trying to escape his own abusive father when he meets once again with Jim, a runaway slave of Miss Watson, trying to get to Illinois. Huck Finn experiences the hero’s journey through The Call, Challenges, and the Transformation. First, Huck experiences the call of adventure when he is placed in custody with Miss Watson and Pap.
Jim then ends up in New Orleans on a farm owned by Silas Phelps. Huck, trying to be the helpful, brainstorms a plan to better Jim’s life. As Huck goes through this process, he becomes the epiphany of Confucius’s character quote; “Earnest in practicing the ordinary virtues, and careful in speaking about them, if, in his practice, he has anything defective, the superior man dares not but exert himself; and if, in his words, he has any excess, he dares not allow himself such license” (ReligFacts.com). At first Huck delineates a plan to write a letter to Jim’s former slave owner, Miss Watson, and tell her where Jim was. But he concluded that Miss Watson would probably have been angry with Jim and sell him off into slavery, so he decided not to.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a novel that describes various American situations during the 1800s through the perspective of a young boy named Huckleberry Finn. This book narrates and focuses on the ‘adventures’ that Huck goes through with other characters. On his way down the Mississippi River, Huck meets new people, faces challenges, and makes up lies to cover himself and the people he meets. Although it may seem as a classical novel, it contains many instances in which satire was used to expose the characters by emphasizing their character and personality using irony and humor. Twain used satire to ultimately describe and make fun of the way that society behaved during the pre-Civil War period in the 1800s.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most iconic American novels to date. From its rich characters, lush setting, and a beautifully fleshed out plot with some surprising humor, this novel has become a classic. The humor is simultaneously the simplest part of the book while also being complex. On the outside, the jokes and quips are funny and deliver a small chuckle, but underneath the satire lies the genius of Mark Twain. He has blended humor with criticism and disguised in the form of Satire.
This scenario exemplifies how Jim had to degrade himself to reach his goal of being free. I believe that Huck noticed the humiliation that Jim was faced with when he had to wear ropes and a wanted sign around his neck. This scene could have sparked a changing thought in Huck 's head that allowed him to see what a human has to endure in order to meet his family and live a normal life, free of shame. This is also the first time we see two random people support abolitionism. I found it appalling that they would fabricate a scenario to save Jim.
So, when Huck picks up Jim, a recently escaped slave, and heads up the Mississippi River, he gets nervous when Jim begins to talk about how he will soon be free and plans to buy, or even steal, his wife and children. This was during a time where Huck would be committing a crime by helping a slave escape. He has a difficult time deciding to be loyal to his friend and let Jim continue up the rest of the way up north so that he can be freed, or to turn Jim in as an escaped slave. Huck fears getting in trouble, but he also is very torn because of the relationship that he now has with Jim. Huck’s askew sense of sympathy and morality are conflicting each other.
Huck and Jim’s adventures down the Mississippi make the theme of conflict between society and individual more apparent. During their journey Huck mentions, “Nothing could be better”(Twain 115). Huck is very content with Jim and Huck’s new life on the river, at least at the start. Being a runaway slave like Jim and Huck helping him, Huck questions at many points in the book whether he should continue to help Jim or turn him in and follow society’s rules about slaves. This could possibly be Huck’s most important individual conflict throughout the book, considering he questions his choice many times.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck Finn, the main character is a young boy that over the course of the book, goes on the adventure of a lifetime. He has to make many decisions as a young boy. Many times he battles with the views of society and what he as an individual believes is the the “right” way which goes against what society says. He represents many of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideas in Self-Reliance. Huck becomes the ultimate personification of the ideas of independence, self-reliance, and non-conformity.
Everyone dislikes a part of themselves. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn emerges at the beginning with an inferiority complex due to his drunk and abusive father and an absence of authority. This causes him to live largely on his own and the streets where he does not have the opportunity to develop morality. The book begins in a town that sits near the Mississippi River called St. Petersburg. The story is set a few decades before the American Civil War.
Hypocricy and Blind Faith Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn took place in the eighteen hundreds when religion and reputation were dominant in peoples everyday lives. It was very rare for someone to believe something different than everyone else. In Twain 's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer and Huck appear to be very different, but their actions, descriptions, and dialogue bring them together to symbolize society in order to show the blind conformity and hypocrisy that humans often display.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic novel that takes the reader on a series of thrilling adventures full of life threatening situations, racism, and slavery. The author Mark Twain, uses the novel to highlight the flaws in society by creating a character like Huck, whose personal sense of morals and justice are more noble than those of the very people trying to civilize him. Throughout this captivating novel Huck endures his fair share of trouble and morally challenging decision but he always comes out on top by following his heart and doing what he feels to be right.
Although there are numerous instances where Huck’s moral growth can be seen, the individuals around such as Jim, will influence his moral growth greatly. Jim, a runaway slave, is the most influential individual when it comes to Huck’s moral development. During the beginning of the novel, Huck’s morals are primarily based on what he has learned from Miss Watson. Huck begins to become wary of such ideals that Miss Watson has imposed on him, and decided all he wanted “…was a change” (Twain 10).
Mark Twain emphasizes the theme that a person's morals are more powerful than the corrupt influence of society in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Based on how Huck Finn views the world and forms his opinions, he does not know the difference between right and wrong. In the novel, Huck escapes civilized society. He encounters a runaway slave, Jim, and together they travel hopes of freedom. But along the way, Huck and Jim come across troubles that have Huck questioning his motives.
The Adventurous Huckleberry Finn Hailed by (most) critics and language arts teachers alike, Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a complex novel with several developed themes. What this book does bring to the table is a controversial literary device. “Backpedaling” which is the idea of deconstructing pre-existing ideas or character developments to highlight another. Full of intentional contradictions, Mark Twain uses his own hypocrisy and puts it into our protagonist, Huck to make him a realistic and, relatable character. This is done in several ways through the novel; It is done in the character’s moral development, within the setting itself with a variety of hypocritical ideologies, and in the oversimplification of characters
Throughout the story, “Huckleberry Finn,” the main character, Huckleberry Finn, faces an abounding amount of moral difficulties. On the path of escaping his abusive, drunk father, he crosses into the next main characters direction. Huck Finn meets his sources from all the moral crisis from the story. Huck was presented to the runaway slave named Jim. Jim slipped away because he overheard his slave owner deciding to sell Jim to another plantation, away from his wife and kids.