Maturity In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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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. In the beginning of the novel, Huck receives spelling lessons and continues to look for ways to improve his behavior. After meeting up with Tom Sawyer, he…show more content…
After living with Pap as a young boy and continually getting beat up, Huck looks for a way out. Huck shows early signs of maturity by escaping to Jackson’s Island while Pap is asleep and by covering the house in pigs blood to make it look as if he was murdered. While still in the very beginning of the novel, Huck has already matured tremendously. Another experience that Huck goes through is when Jim turns to Huck and says, “Pooty soon I 'll be a-shout 'n ' for joy, en I 'll say, it 's all on accounts o ' Huck; I 's a free man, en I couldn 't ever ben free ef it hadn ' ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won 't ever forgit you, Huck; you 's de bes ' fren ' Jim 's ever had; en you 's
Yash 2de only fren ' ole Jim 's got now.” (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn page 213) This one experience really stuck with Huck and made him determined to help Jim become a free man. Another factor in which Huck grows throughout the novel is in his decision making. In the novel, some men approach the raft looking for escaped slaves. As they approach the raft, it seems as if Jim is about to be caught. However, Huck thinks of a plan and when the men ask if they can look in the raft, Huck responds
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