“I judged she would be proud of me for helping these rapscallions, because rapscallions and dead beats is the kind the widow and good people take the most interest in” (pg 53)
Although Huck has left his home, he still follows her rules, and keeps her ideals close, as shown in the quote. Huck sees people like the widow as fixers. He sees them as people whose sole purpose is to fix the ‘rapscallions’ and bring everyone else up to their ‘level’
“He had an uncommon level head, for a nigger” (57)
We see Huck as a young, innocent boy, of which he is, which leads to his ideals on racism and equality as being almost the same as the widows. Huck sees all people of color as less educated, and although it may be true in many situations, …show more content…
He sees his previous life as something that isn’t considered home, which shows how out of place he felt with the widow and Pap.
"Old man," said the young one, "I reckon we might double-team it together; what do you think?"
The two con-artists could represent the relationship between Huck and Finn. People that are opposites, and an unlikely team coming together by chance.
“They asked us considerable many questions…was Jim a runaway nigger?”
“Goodness sakes, would a runaway nigger run south?”
Huck’s ability to lie is greatly improving. Huck uses word choice and diction to make the person asking the question feel as if it was unnecessary to ask.
"To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin,That makes calamity of so long life."
This is a sort of satire, where the person is trying to sound smart by reciting Hamlet, but clearly he is not smart.
“It warn’t funny to me, though; I was all of a tremble to see his danger” …show more content…
Why, before,he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now, when he'd take off his new white beaver and make a bow and do a smile, he looked that grand and good and pious that you'd day he had walked right out of the ark, and maybe was old Leviticus himself." (pg 119)
This quote shows Huck’s understanding of image. When the King and Duke dress up in nice clothes, Huck explains how they look like wealthy people instead of their old, dirty clothes. Huck understands how clothes play a huge role in first impressions.
“And the minute the words were out of his mouth somebody over in the crowd struck up the doxolojer, and everybody joined in with all their might, and it just warmed you up and made you feel as good as church letting out. Music is a good thing; and after all that soul-butter and hogwash I never see it freshen up things so, and sound so honest and bully”(179).
In the beginning of the novel we see that Huck wants nothing to do with religion and he does not see the point of it. As the novel has progressed, Huck is starting to realize that maybe religion and church could have a positive and upbringing mood and in the harsh world that Huck is discovering for himself, he understands why people enjoy the faith and music that religion brings to our
When he and Jim encounter the “Duke” and “King”. Huck states that it “didn’t take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn’t no kings nor dukes at all” (127). Both Huck and Jim can clearly tell that they are frauds, and for several chapters heed to their every whim just to keep the social balance and to not get beat up by them. In the end of the book, Huck has reached his moral peak, and completely goes against what society tells him.
Huck 's morality is the only educational thing I believe is in this book, because it 's something you have to piece together and isn 't clear all the time. On page 43, Hucks early morality is a typical southern 's, “‘Well, I b 'lieve you, Huck. I—I RUN OFF.” “Jim!’”. Huck basically states he 's better than Jim in a way, Huck is shocked and mad that Jim has run off but Huck is also a run away so you can see this early racial attitude Huck has.
Comparison: My Life to Huck Finn’s Throughout my life, there have been numerous occasions in which I haven’t felt completely free to do what it is I want. Much like Huck, I would often try to sneak away from my house to explore. I can’t remember a time that I actually got away with it, but I would always try nonetheless. However, it never felt like I was being forced into a way of life like Huck was. Huck had it much harder, and grew up in a more harsh condition than what I was put into.
At the beginning of the novel, we see that Huck is negative about African-Americans. In chapter two, Huck makes it seem that African-Americans are not honest or educated enough, “Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it. And next time Jim told it even more exaggerated... Jim was monstrous proud about it… Niggers would come miles to hear Jim tell about it, and he was more looked up to than any nigger in that country.
The Superstitious, and the Supernatural What is Superstition? Superstition is defined as “ a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief. “ From beginning to end, superstition plays a big role in the characters of Huckleberry Finn, and is an ubiquitous theme throughout the novel. In this interpretation, Huck rebels against society, religion is a symbol for society, and huck uses his superstition as a mean to escape from it.
After lying to Jim and getting caught, Huck thinks on his actions. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither” (86). Huck knows that his actions are wrong but struggles to apologize to Jim because he is conditioned to believe that Jim has no real value. Huck tries to break free from the influence of society and in doing so, he realizes that his actions are not morally acceptable. With no interference from society, Huck is therefore able to humble himself to Jim and treat him in a way that opposes society’s expectations.
Huck would be characterized as a proponent of individuality rather than conformity. Furthermore, Huck did not apprehend slavery and its contribution to productivity. Slavery is so inhumane and blacks should have just as much rights as whites. Towards the end of the novel, Huck’s true innocence is shown when he helps Jim escape his confinement at the Phelps’ house. Innocence got the better of him since he was debating whether he should inform Ms. Watson about Jim’s dilemma or should he save him.
Throughout the rest of Huck 's journey he continues to meet people along the way that believe themselves to be good civilized people but they all contradict that in some way. The Grangerford 's are in a murdering feud with another family, the Phelps own slaves and are trying to get a reward for Jim, the townspeople that feather and tar the Duke and King without a trial, the execution of Boggs, even the Widow tells Huck not to smoke but takes snuff herself. Huck spends a large amount of time in the book pondering over how to be good and do the right things, and at the end of the book when he decides to go West and leave it all behind he has finally realized that he 's not the one that 's bad, society is. Huck heads back out into the world not for more adventure, but to get away from
Through Huck’s fluctuating beliefs he shows how often humanity exhibits hypocrisy without even realizing it. When Miss Watson had taken Huck in she had wanted him to become more respectable, she wanted to make sure he knew what was right and
To begin, Huck’s struggles within the deformed conscience of an entire society leads to his maturation. Throughout the book, Huck struggles within himself whether or not to follow his heart or to follow society’s deformed views. In one situation, Huck begins to feel guilty about helping a runaway slave, Jim, to freedom. Huck narrates, “My conscience got to stirring me up hotter than ever, until at last I says to it, ‘let up on me- it ain’t too late yet-
Following Jim’s orders, Huck doesn’t even make a move towards the body. This shows a very big step toward maturation because in his old, adventurous ways, he wouldn't have listened to such a request with a dead body sitting right there -- like in a adventure movie or book. It also is the first time he listened to an adult, let alone a black slave in the pre-civil war era. This reveals that Huck isn’t conforming to societal norms and has good morals by listening to someone he has respect for whether he realizes it or
This transition is the result of the extended period of time that the two spend together, which allows Huck to look past the differences that he has been taught to observe for his entire life and view Jim for what he is; a fellow man. By the end of this passage, Huck’s resolve to do right by Jim is so strong that he is willing to suffer eternal damnation rather than betray Jim. Perhaps Huck’s most important statement in this passage is “Alright then, I’ll go to hell”; here he decides he’s willing to go to hell for eternity rather than causing Jim to return to his life as a slave. At first Huck just thought of Jim the property of another person, a good to be bought and sold regardless of any evidence that he was a human being. As they travel together, this viewpoint is gradually weakened by examples of Jim’s humanity, culminating in a model shift that goes against everything Huck has been taught about the societal status of a
Naturally, as his bond with Jim cultivates, Huck unknowingly treats him as a human. Through Huck’s sensibility, he states, “It didn’t take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn’t no kings nor dukes at all … I hadn’t no objections, ‘long as it would keep peace in the family; and it warn’t no use to tell Jim, so I didn’t tell him” (Twain 125). Correspondingly, Huck gains a consideration for Jim and his personal feelings, which he expresses nonchalantly through motley aspects of their journey.