Father Figure In Huck Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel written by Mark Twain. The book was published in 1884, after many agonizing years of writing and rewriting by Twain. The novel is set in the early to mid-1800s along the Mississippi River. The story follows Huck, a young boy who has escaped from his abusive father, and Jim, a runaway slave, as they journey down the Mississippi River together. They are both looking for a better life than what they had before, and found their haven on the river. As the story progresses, Jim helps Huck grow into a man by forcing him to be independent from society, changing his morals, and being a true father figure to him. In the beginning of the novel, Huck did not have an independent opinion about social issues. He grew up uncivilized and has just recently began to conform to society’s norms. These norms include the idea that slavery is a good thing, and that African Americans should not be treated as equals. When Huck and Jim first encounter each other, Huck plays many pranks on Jim because he believes what society has told him about slaves. As the story unfolds, however, Huck goes against society’s rules and…show more content…
Huck basically grew up as an orphan, learning everything for himself while his father was busy getting drunk. When his father was around, he often beat Huck and was a bad role model in his life. When he escaped and began to befriend Jim, Jim took on a paternal role for Huck. In chapter nine when the river floods and the house floats by, Jim will not let Huck see the dead man inside. This is one example of how Jim is protective over Huck and tries to preserve his innocence. We later learn that the dead man was Huck’s father, which only adds to the notion that Jim cares for Huck and wants to protect him from the negative things in the world. Huck also learns his morals from Jim, which transform him into a good man by the end of the
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