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- I’ll paddle ashore at first light and tell’” (89). This is just the beginning of Huck’s journey to maturation. This is one of the first times Huck begins to question his heart. Following society’s views, Huck believes he’s doing the wrong thing helping Jim run away, when in fact he is doing the correct action. Later on, Huck continues his battle with his moral compass, and his view of the world. Huck still
Authors of classic American literature often utilize a character’s development to establish a worldview or opinion. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby, Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald use their narrators, Huck Finn and Nick Carraway, to suggest an argument about American society. Seeking adventure, both characters embark on a journey, but their encounters with society leave them appalled. While they each have personal motives for abandoning their past, both end up interacting with different cultures that lead them to a similar decision about society and their futures. Ultimately, they stray from the dominant culture in order to escape the influence of society. Therefore, Twain and Fitzgerald claim that American society
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
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
Huckleberry Finn 's journey is far more than a journey up the Mississippi - it is a journey from boyhood to adulthood. How did the decisions he had to make during the journey help him to mature, and what were the two or three most important lessons he learned during the journey?
As a fiction writer, Mark Twain, whose original name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, stands apart as a comic genius. In America, Mark Twain had popularized this new genre through two of his well- known novels. One is 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ' and the other 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn '. Mark Twain 's idea of a boy character is based on the picture of an average American boy. The American boy, by nature, is enterprising and mischievous, not a reserved character like his counterpart in England. His counterpart is bolder and hence a more interesting character. Mark Twain 's portrayal of the twin boy characters - Tom Sawyer, and Huckleberry Finn is actually a portrayal of the American boys in general. This does not mean that American boys are not good or obedient.
In the very first chapter, Huck reminds the reader that they were introduced to Tom Sawyer and himself in the previous novel stating that they were best friends (Twain 13). Although they may be friends the reader sees that they don’t always see eye to eye. Instead of finding new friends Huck chooses not to find another friend because he looks up to Tom. He desperately wants someone to look up to him thus he goes along with Tom’s ridiculous plans. At the end of the novel when Huck asks, “What would he do if the evasion worked all right?…he said he had planned in his head from the start” (Twain 275). From the beginning Huck follows Tom around, going along with his plans. Finally he sees that Tom could really care less about freeing
In the novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” the main character Huck Finn learns how to make better decisions. He realizes how his decisions will affect other people, specifically, his best friend Jim. Huck begins the novel with no direction or guidance, living with his drunk and abusive father. Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas struggle to try to teach Huck how to have good judgement and how to be a good person. Huck is also guided and taught by the runaway slave, and Huck’s best friend, Jim. Throughout the novel, Huck is challenged to look within himself and make good judgement that will affect himself and the people around him, and he gets better at doing this throughout the novel.In the beginning of the novel, there are many examples of Huck being immature and not thinking of anyone except for himself. For example, Huck’s best friend Tom Sawyer starts a gang called the “Tom Sawyer Gang.” The gang was planning on commiting crimes such as theft and murder. The members did not want Huck to be a part of the gang simply because he did not have a family for anyone to kill. When they tell Huck he would not be
At this moment, Huck is at a low in his maturation on his morals journey. A person with morals would not willingly sacrifice the life of someone else just in order to be part of a gang. It is at this point where Huck can now begin his journey of moral progression.Huck encounters his first major dilemma when he comes across the wrecked and sinking steamboat and three robbers. When Jim and Huck take the skiff for themselves, leaving the three robbers stranded, Huck realizes that he has left them to die. “Now was the first time that I begun to worry about the men- I reckon I hadn't time to before. I begun to think how dreadful it was, even for murderers, to be in such a fix. I says to myself, there ain't no telling but I might come to be a murderer myself yet, and then how would I like it?” (76). This is the first time that Huck questions the actions and outcomes that he has set in motion and the effects they have on other people. After he realizes that he could now be considered a murderer, he makes a plan to get a captain to go investigate the wreck in order to save the men's lives. Even though the men he would be saving are murderers and robbers, he doesn’t want to be responsible for their deaths, and tries to correct what he has done wrong. This is the first major step in Huck's moral maturation. At that point, he establishes a set of standards that
In chapters one to twenty-seven much of an adventure has happened to Huck. He was in a gang with is friends, his father came back and later kidnapped him from the widow, the kind lady who was looking after him, and later got tired of waiting in the cabin his father took him and faked his own death. Once he had fled, he ran into a run away slave named Jim, who was the slave of the widow so Huck knew him. The decided to stick together and move along. During their journey they ran into good and bad people. First, Huck dressed as a girl and went into a town to get information and found out Jim was being hunted for a grand prize so they left as so as they could. Next, they found a boat, hopped into it to see what they could find and found there
However, he is kidnapped by his father who mistreats him and confines him to a cabin along the river (Twain, 34). This situation is the basis of their fugitive lifestyle as Huck reunites with Jim, who is also escaping from his captivity. The two get the opportunity to share with each other and their bond is made even stronger as they are faced with similar aspects of living life while on the run. Their journey along the Mississippi River, through Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas are full of adventure as they travel seeking their refuge place. Jim aspires to reach another southern state that is free of slavery practices and hopes to someday buy freedom for the rest of his family. Huck aspires to find a more fulfilling life for himself free of limitations either from his guardians or
The Adventure is finished with Aunt Sally adopting Huck, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a pot of gold at the end of this adventure. Jim finally receives his freedom, “then tell him about his being free,and take him backup home on a steamboat,”(257) Huck’s main goal is achieved. The death of Huck’s father is even a reward in itself, “Well, den, you kin git yo' money when you wants it, kase dat wuz him.” (257) His father leaves Huck with lots of money and with his father’s absence Huck is now free from his old life. The best reward of all, escaping Sowarism, was given to Huck because Tom finally leaves Huck’s adventure, at the very end, and Tom’s romanticism is finally out of Huck’s way. The end of Huck’s adventure is a classic monomyth victory, with plenty of reward and the feeling of completion left in the hearts of
Mark Twain, once and forever will be a famous American writer. Twain has written many books that are highly valued all over the world, but one the twain is really known for; the publication of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The novel tells a story of a young teenage boy of the name Huck Finn with a father who was a extreme alcoholic. Huck did not want anything to do with his father Pap, therefore he decides to fake his death and runaway. In the mist of running he stumbles upon a runaway slave, Jim who happened to be from the very farm he came from. Despite what his head is telling him, Huck decides not to turn him in and goes against society. As the two travel along the Mississippi river, Huck learns a lot about and begins to realize
The historical novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain in 1884, has many literary elements to generate a good plot and compose a good story. Twain introduces the characters, the major ones being Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, as well as Jim. Finn was a white, poor child, who unlike Sawyer was not very dramatic in his way of life. Tom Sawyer read a lot and knew how to make any situation thrilling. Jim, a very mature black child, tags along with Finn (as well as the King and the Duke) to run away, and ultimately needs to get rescued in the end as he is forced into slavery by Ms. Watson. Twain provides a narrative hook by familiarizing the readers with how vivid Tom’s life is when he and Huck sneak through Widow
To begin, Huck is in a constant fight with himself about whether or not he should be ‘right’ and civilized. He starts off with most of his childhood taken away from him. Pap, which is Huck’s father, is a drunk and has beaten him since his mother died. “...I'll give you a cowhide.”(20) Pap says when he finds out his son has been going to school. The Widow Douglas is a woman who likes to help people. She picks Huck up and tries to make him