The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is a first-person story about a boy who starts out in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, in the early 1800s. Huckleberry Finn, or Huck, embarks on a journey where he deals with many moral dilemmas, and questions whether his own morals and those of society are ones that he wants to continue to believe in. These same morals are tested continuously as Huck befriends Jim, a runaway slave that he meets. He also sheds his old selfish morals, focusing on his own well being and instincts of self-interest, and eventually rejects the previous morals taught by society and implements his own. We can see the growth and change in Huck’s personality through three main events.
Throughout the novel, Pap abused the beloved Huck, so readers learned to despise him. So, when pap ranted about how he would “never vote again” (36) when he saw an African American man vote, readers are given the choice to be like pap or change their racist views. Twain uses the likeability of Huck and the hatred of Pap to change racist views. Mark Twain also used the king, another dislikeable character, to change racist attitudes. After the scam with the Wilks family money, the king and the duke went to a different town to get money.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain in 1885, is a novel about a young boy named Huck Finn. The novel is about Huck’s journey facing prejudice and discrimination with a runaway slave and the challenges he faces along the way making an attempt for their freedom from an abusive father and a slave owner. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can be described as a bildungsroman because this is a story about a young boy who learns lessons about adult life while on a journey. One of the main lessons that Huck Finn learns throughout the story was the importance of friendship and how the definition of a friend changed for him. Huck Finn learns how to be a true friend to Jim and what true friends are through the obstacles that they face together.
The journal “A tramp at home: Huckleberry Finn” says, Huckleberry Finn contains the materials for a wide-ranging analysis of the different and competing understandings of American manhood in the nineteenth century and the ways in which men might interact with each other and love each other through the symbolism of freedom.” Since Jim is a runaway slave, freedom is very personal to him. Therefore, he primarily hopes to not be a slave anymore and one day become his own master. throughout the story, Jim says numerous times that he is determined to earn money as soon as he makes it to a slavery free state, so he can financially secure his wife’s freedom. “He was saying how the first thing he would do when he got to a free State he would go to saving up money and never spend a single cent, and when he got enough he would buy his wife”
Tom knew that Jim had been legally freed months ago, but decided that it would be fun to “free” Jim, and wanted to turn it into an adventure like the ones he reads about in books. This is the point when Huck’s views on racism begin to revert to the way they were before he ran away and a change in Huck 's character occurs, although he questions it, Huck goes along with Tom’s outrageous plan to free Jim. Throughout the novel, Huck and Jim had been traveling down the Mississippi River to escape their pasts. Huck wanted to escape from his father and the abuse that ensued their relationship, and Jim wanted to escape Miss Watson, who had planned to sell him down river. Being sold down river was bad for slaves, because it meant that their
I says I’ll never vote again…I says to the people, why ain’t this nigger put up at auction and sold? (Twain 147)” Twain uses these words expose one of the aspects of racism in this time period especially the aspect that Huck was surrounded by before fleeing from his money-hungry father. The idea of a human being speaking so low of another individual who is, in fact, more successful simply because he is a “nigger” brings me to think that this comes from a heart filled with racism and hatred for African Americans. Although Huck developed a better understanding of the hatred that comes from being racist I felt that him being surrounded by this at some point can explain his belittling comments to Jim throughout the novel. Racism may not have been intended general interpretation of this novel, excerpts like these may help readers, such as myself, develop an understanding of racial context before understanding the concept that Twain wanted to degrade racism and slavery instead of encouraging the use of racially offensive thoughts and
Huck Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain in the 1880s after the Civil War. The story takes place before the civil war in the 1830s in Southern America. Huckleberry Finn is the narrator telling his story of helping a slave find freedom along side himself escaping his abusive father. In the beginning Huck is a poor boy living with out a mother and a father that doesn 't care. He goes on adventures with his unrealistic friend Tom.
For instance, the movie introduced the idea of a good lie while Mamare was in his class. In Huckleberry Finn, Finn lied about not seeing a slave, when he, in fact, did. Finn told that lie in order to protect his African American friend since if he told the truth, Finn’s friend would be hurt or killed. The movie progresses and sets up for a good lie of its own. Upon discovering the possibility of Theo being alive, Mamare returned to Kenya, to the refugee camp, in order to find his older brother.
During the latter half of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the titular character seeing an opportunity to leave behind two con men he rushes back to his raft to inform his traveling companion and runaway slave Jim. Only to see that Jim was missing, being deep in pro slavery south he urgently began to look for him with no success. Huckleberry in a burst of emotion shouts “Someone stole my nigger!” even as he uses the derogatory word, Huck has shown throughout the story what he cares for Jim more than just a piece of property. Later, when he arrives at the Phelps farm with the intent to find and steal Jim back, is welcomed in my Mrs. Phelps. Believing Huckleberry to be her nephew, Tom Sawyer, sits him down in which this exchange occurs: “ ‘Don’t say yes’m-say Aunt Sally Where’d she get aground?’ ‘It warn’t the grounding-that didn’t keep us back but a little.
Huckleberry Finn matures morally in his adventures when having to make decisions throughout his journey for the future of his life and his slave friend, Jim. Huck has grown up learning bad morals caused by living with his drunk and abusive father, and with no one to tell him otherwise, he keeps the same morals that his dad taught him. Fortunately, Huck is helped by Jim, a runaway slave who joins him on his journey and helps Huck develop his own morals with decisions Huck makes. Throughout Huck's adventures, he is put into numerous situations where he must use his own judgement to make decisions that will affect the morals Huck will carry with him throughout his life. Huck matures in the novel through his morals when he is confronted with life