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Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn The conflict between society and the individual is a theme portrayed throughout Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Huck was not raised in accord with the accepted ways of civilization. He practically raises himself, relying on instinct to guide him through life. As portrayed several times in the novel, Huck chooses to follow his innate sense of right, yet he does not realize that his own instincts are more moral than those of society. From the very beginning of Huck’s story, Huck clearly states that he did not want to conform to society; “The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me.. I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again, and was free and satisfied.” When Pap returns for Huck, and the matter of custody is brought before the court, the reader is forced to see the corruption of society.

The judge rules that Huck belongs to Pap, and forces him to obey an obviously evil and unfit man. One who drinks profusely and beats his son. Later, when Huck makes it look as though he has been killed, we see how civilization is more concerned over finding Huck’s dead body than rescuing his live one from Pap. This is a society that is more concerned about a dead body than it is in the welfare of living people. The theme becomes even more evident once Huck and Jim set out, down the Mississippi. Huck enjoys his adventures on the raft.

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He prefers the freedom of the wilderness to the restrictions of society. Also, Huck’s acceptance of Jim is a total defiance of society. Ironically, Huck believes he is committing a sin by going against society and protecting Jim. He does not realize that his own instincts are more morally correct than those of society’. In chapter sixteen, we see, perhaps, the most inhumane action of society. Huck meets some men looking for runaway slaves, and so he fabricates a story about his father on the raft with smallpox.

The men fear catching this disease and instead of rescuing him, they give him money and advise him not to let it be known of his father’s sickness when seeking help. These men are not hesitant to hunt slaves, yet they refuse to help a sick man. This is contrasted to Huck’s guilt felt for protecting Jim when he actually did a morally just action. Huck’s acceptance of his love for Jim is shown in chapter thirty-one. Huck writes a letter to Miss Watson to return Jim, yet he ends up ripping the letter and wishes to free Jim.

“‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’- and he tore it up.” Here, we see that Huck concludes that he is evil, and that society has been right all along. The ending is perhaps most disappointing because it seems as though through all the situations that it seemed he was growing up and accepting his innate ideas of right, he hasn’t grown at all. When he is re- united with Tom, he once again thinks of Jim as property(get quote). (write conclusion). Huck functions as a much nobler person when he is not confined by the hypocrisies of civilization.

Huckleberry Finn

The character Huck Finn, portrayed in the classic novel Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain, is a fun loving and adventurous young man. Only Mr. Twain
knows his exact age, as it is never mentioned once in the novel. We can only
guess that he is in his early teens. Mr. Twain also does not give an accurate
description of Huck in the book either. Judging from the many things that he
does, you can tell that he is neither a muscular person nor a skimpy weakling. He
has the physique of a run of the mill country farm boy.


The narration of this novel is very interesting. I liked how they reproduced
the southern vernacular in its true form. “En wid I fetch’ her a slap side de head
dat sont her a-sprawlin. pg156″, although it is very hard to understand, it
adds to the overall experience of reading this book. This book is also narrated
from Huckleberry Finns point of view. This makes the book more interesting at
times because you actually can tell what Huck is thinking during given situations.
He is also a very literal narrator, He tells everything as accurately as he can and
never really exaggerates the situations to any remarkably big extent. This is also
a very humorous book and Huck, being very literal minded, has no sense of
humor. He doesn’t get the punch lines to jokes or funny situations”when the
drunk man was riding a horse, he thought that he was not really an acrobat.”
Also, he took the age old joke about where mosses was when the lights went out
seriously. This also makes him such an enjoyable character and makes the book
so enjoyable to read. Just that at times he can seem like an idiot, like when he
really belived, for quite a while, that genies existed and that he could rub a lamp
and get his wishes granted. I like this narration style because it really helps you
to get to know Huck from his internal actions and reactions. It’s hard to tell a lot
about a character by how he talks sometimes, that’s why I prefer this narration
style to others.

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It seems that Huck has a very strange personality. I would describe his
personality as “free”. He does everything he wants and nothing seems to stand in
his way for long. He definitely wouldn’t be considered a “proper” young man by
today’s standards. For instance, he prefers to wear tattered, loose fitting, rags to
nice clean cloths. I guess it goes along with his personality. He also prefers to eat
differently than we would. He likes all of his food to be mixed up in one pot,
compared to the “normal” way of eating with different dishes and food on
separate areas of our plates. I would consider Huck to be more of an
outdoorsman. He loves to be outside with nature and doesn’t like to be indoors
that much. In fact, in the book he is never really inside on his own free will. He
would rather be outside on his adventures. He likes the simpler way of life.


Huck’s personality is also very adaptable. He is a country boy at heart but
adapted to the high class living of the Widow. He can then quickly adapt to living
in the woods with Pap, or on a raft with Jim. He could even adapt to living with
the Grangerfords. He seems to act very natural during these different situations.
This helps him function and interact with others more easily.


At times Huck doesn’t show very good common sense or compassion.
Like when he teased Jim when he was locked up in a cell. They would give him a
ladder to escape, but he was in a one-story cell. Then they would give him chains
because if he was jailed up he should be in chains. They also gave him pieces of
metal to make into saws to cut himself out. They could have just given him a
saw! We were not required to read these chapters because they did not fit in the
book at all and were just a waste of space because it didn’t accurately portray
Hucks personality. Huck would not have left him in there for so long. Many critics
of this book have also said that these, and other, chapters have no place in this
book.


He did show compassion many times in the novel though. Mostly towards
the end. Like how the king and the duke try to swindle the wilkes money and he
steals it and then gives it back. He also could have just kept the money and
bought him a lot of nice things, but he mostly knows right from wrong, and taking
their money was not right in hucks eyes.


As I was reading Huckleberry Finn since we received the book, I have
come across many feelings about this character. liked some of what I read and I
didn’t like many other parts. I felt that Mark Twain didn’t keep things consistent
enough. This book is a good book, but clearly could have been a lot better. I
didn’t like the way Huck behaved during a few chapters of the novel. They
sometimes made absolute no sense and didn’t fit in with the novel. They could
have easily have been left out of the book and it still would have been a classic.
They way Huck behaved in the aforementioned paragraph was clearly not
thought out the way the rest of the book was. Huck is one of America’s favorite
fictional characters and I can see why, for most of the book.


Overall, Huckleberry Finn is a superbly written character. Despite how
simple minded he may seem, he has a few qualities that are lacking in modern
books, and from books of the time. He is the main reason that this book is such
an enjoyable experience to read, and I’m sure that it will be loved for many years
to come.

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