The scene that I relate to in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is when Huck is trying to get away from the Duke and the King. The quote that I found for this part in the book was when huck was talking to Mary Jane and he said “ It’s a rough gang, them two frauds, I’m fixed so I got to travel with them a while longer...”(187). This quote shows that Huck has figured out that the Duke and King are not good people and that he knows that he will still be with them for a little while longer. Huck realizes that the two men are up to no good and he wants to be as far from them as he can. In this part of the book, Huck Finn is also trying to make sure that Mary Jane and her family get the money that they deserve. This scene relates to my life when …show more content…
By the end of the book, I think that Huck has changed a lot. He has learned things that the widow or his dad or even Tom Sawyer couldn’t teach him. Huck has also become a much nicer and more independent person. A big part about Huck that changed is that he realizes that African Americans and slaves are not at all different from anyone else. Huck even makes good friends with Jim which would have been completely unheard of back in his home town. By the end of the book, he had started to realize that he really did care about Jim. Huck is writing Miss Watson a letter towards the end of the book talking about where Jim is and how she can get him back. After writing the letter, Huck starts to think about the good times he had with Jim and says that “...somehow I couldn’t seem to strike no places for me to harden against him, but only the other kind.”(213). This was the most powerful part in the book for me because after thinking of all the good that Jim has brought him, he tears up the paper and says “All right, then, I’ll go to hell”(214). In Huck’s mind, he had the choice to send the letter and go to heaven or to try to save Jim and go to Hell for doing the wrong thing as far as the widow taught him. When Huck tore the letter up, it symbolized Huck leaving behind his old self and showing that he cares enough about Jim to go to Hell. He strayed away from what his father would have wanted, he probably strayed away from what the widow wanted, but I think that by the end of the book, Huck Finn is happy because he did what he wanted, and helped his new friend in the
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However before Huck does anything with the letter, he starts to think about it and realises something important. He starts to think back to all his adventures with Jim when they escaped people and bonded on the river and registers that he will feel more guilty for turning Jim in that “stealing” Miss Watson’s slave. He states, “‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’-and tore it up” (214). This is just one example of how Huck has
Since he is the one that describes all of the events and situations that he encounters, everything that occurs in the novel has influences from his perspective. Huck is uneducated fourteen year old boy that lives in St. Petersburg in the 1840s. His perspective illustrates instances where that mindset shines through since he does not know anything other than what society wants him too. Due to how the Antebellum era influences Huck, he is an unreliable narrator-one who is not capable of understanding the significance of the events that he comments on and describes. He is not intentionally unreliable, however because he does not receive a full education and is not a many yet, he is not capable of proving the full perspective on major issues that he encounters.
The letter in which Huck tore up was a letter to Miss. Watson selling out Jim’s location. He had written it during a dilemma he was having, he did not know if he should do what was the legal thing to do, or the thing that felt best. Ultimately, friendship is what saved Jim from being recaptured. In document B, Jim also refers to Huck as a friend.
This is the climax of the novel, in which many of the underlying themes are made clear. Huck’s morals overcome his fear for punishment, and he is determined to help Jim even if he has to go to hell for it. Furthermore, Jim is a runaway slave, and in the context of the story, helping a runaway slave, albeit one that was sold and has a new owner, would be almost traitorous to Huck’s community. Another revelation is that Huck has transcended the racial constructs of the time, recognizing Jim’s humanity and considering him someone worth rescuing at great personal risk. In this scene, Huck finally breaks the restraints of society, and indeed, his environment, by ignoring all societal and theological constructs and instead choosing what is right by his conscience.
After realizing his mistake, Huck feels like a fool and is remorseful. These feelings show that Huck is starting to mature and realize that he cannot act like a child all the time. It also shows that Huck is starting to care for a Jim and it forms an odd sort of bond between them. These feelings are reinforced more in chapter 11 when Huck chooses not to turn in Jim.
Huckleberry Finn is a story about a rambunctious young boy who adventures off down the Mississippi River. “The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain demonstrates a situation where a Huck tries to find the balance between what is right and what is wrong. Huck faces many challenges in which his maturity will play a part in making the correct decision for himself and his friend Jim. Huck becomes more mature by the end of the novel by showing that he can make the correct decisions to lead Jim to the freedom he deserves. One major factor where Huck matures throughout the novel is through his experience.
After Huck finds out that Jim is captive, Huck “set down and cried. [He] couldn’t help it” (210). After returning to the raft and not finding Jim there, Huck is overcome with emotion. The fear of Jim not being around causes Huck to realize how important Jim is to him. The friendship they developed on the river and through their adventure causes Huck to be more concerned for Jim’s safety than society’s need to keep Jim captive.
He wasn’t used to having a father figure in his life because his actual father was an alcoholic and was abusive. “Would always call me honey, and pet me, and do everything he could think of for me, and how good he always was,” (Document E). This shows that not only did Huck care about Jim, but Jim also cared about Huck’s well being, too. Having a father figure was very important to Huck because his actual father wasn’t really a father figure to him at all. Since someone actually cared about him and treated him with respect and care, it meant the world to 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
Adversity Leads to Maturation “Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.” This quote from Joshua L. Liebman outlines the deeper theme in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. In the novel, the main character Huckleberry Finn, matures through adversity. Huck encounters immoral situations on the shore of the Mississippi River. The deformed conscience of the people on land force Huck to question his moral compass and overcome the stupid conformity of society.
Though they have different motives for leaving their pasts, both characters feel they need to leave the life they have settled into. For Huck, he needs to escape his abusive father and confinement of the cabin. He suffers through living with his father for a while, but Huck becomes so miserable he cannot stay any longer. He even adds that “it was dreadful lonesome,” saying “[he] made up [his] mind [that he] would fix up some way to leave there” (Twain 34). In this moment, Huck determines he will not live confined to some shack in the woods, stifled by his father’s rules.
In this selected passage Huck decides he is not going to send the letter he wrote to Miss Watson with the intention of turning Jim in. Huck initially writes the letter because he is thinking about God and his state of sin, as he believes he is committing a sin by stealing another person’s property. He never sends the letter because he realized how much he trusts Jim and doesn’t see him as his property, but rather as a best friend. Previously he has stayed with Jim because it was easy, but this scene marks the time when he is able to stay by Jim’s side even when he believes it will come at a great personal cost.
Later, when he drafts the letter to Miss Watson regarding Jim, he feels like all his sins have been lifted. However, when thinking about Jim he gets nostalgic and sad, ripping up the paper and declaring "All right, then, I'll go to hell!" (Twain 217). Turning in Jim would cause too much pain to Huck and is therefore no longer practical. Essentially, by the end of the book, Huck's
Huck thinks about Miss Watson and how he is betraying her by helping Jim escape. Huck encounters slave catchers and he is internally whether to tell about Jim but decides not to and says, “They went and I got aboard the raft, feeling bad and low, because I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I see it warn’t no use for me to try to learn to do right; a body that don’t get started right when he’s little ain’t got no show -- when the pinch comes there ain’t nothing to back him up and keep him to his work, and so he gets beat” (Twain 102). Then later in the novel Jim is sold by some con men for $40 which upsets Huck and causes him to realize he cares about Jim and says, “All right, then I’ll GO to hell” (Twain 225). Huck is defying society’s laws by deciding to help captured Jim. Huck is maturing significantly because his perception of Jim has changed.
Specifically, through the controversy of slavery at the time, Huck learns how to listen to his intuition and conscience. His slight hesitation escaping with Jim makes him question the authenticity of his morality. He says, “I begun to get it through my head that he was most free--and who was to blame for it? Why, me … But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could ‘a’ paddled ashore and told somebody”