Huck As Hero Essay

This essay has a total of 1255 words and 4 pages.

Huck As Hero


In all books, long as well as short, there is a character that stands above the rest. This
character must demonstrate high moral character and set an example for the rest of the
novels cast. Another name for this super being, is a hero, a man admired for his
achievements and noble qualities (Webster). In Twains novel, Huckleberry Finn, it is
evident that Huck is the hero of the novel. Throughout this book, Huck demonstrates the
epitome of heroism, for the attitude that he posses, as well as his actions and
willingness to change.

Huck can be called a hero for a great number or reasons throughout the book. In every
chapter we notice little things that point in the favor of Huck being one. Huck does
things that only one with good morals and a good heart would condone. Huck was brought
from a abusive family and it did not hold him back. Huck expresses himself as a true
transindentalist, he tries to break from the corruption of society and conformity. By the
way he cares for poor Jim he shows the highest mindset in Twain's novel. Huck is the only
one who can put the fact of racial times and culture behind him. Although exposed too the
greatest amount of corruption, Huck is the purest character in the book.

From the beginning of the novel, one can observe the inner strength of young Huck. Huck
was a "beaten and bruised" child, coming from a family where the only guidance that the
boy had was from his drunken Pap (Dynos 13). Due to a lack of leadership to follow in,
Huck was forced to raise himself. It takes a strong character to raise oneself (18), and
Huck did one hell of a job doing it. Children gain much of who they are from how they were
brought up, during this critical period children can be made or broken. Huck is the
exception, he had nobody to look up to or imitate, instead he did as what he felt the
right thing to do. Huck didn't know everything there was to learn, but he did try. If he
did not know what or why something happens, he created a logical explanation and that was
that. For example, we can see Huck's superstition throughout the book, he uses this
because of one reason, it works for him. If the shoe fits, then by god, wear it.

Many people easily fall into corrupt things, such as conformity. One can test the strength
of a mind by observing its ability to retain pureness. Huck is exposed to many evil ideas
and ways of living. Although it seems to the reader that he has fallen into these ideas,
Huck proves everyone wrong. When Huck lives with the widow, he is not allowed to swear,
the widow is trying to straighten Huck out and this is one thing that must go. As one
would think, being in a household where profanity was abolished would create clean
language for Huck. As we see in chapter six, "I had stopped cussing because the widow
didn't like it, but now I took to it again, because Pap hadn't no objection"(Twain 75),
Huck does not conform to society or the widows way of living. He has a free mind and all
he wants to do, is feel it. In the beginning of the novel the widow explains to Huck about
prayer and being one with Jesus. Although Huck's religion is also known as superstition,
he once again, pleases the widow. Huck tried this prayer nonsense, "Miss Watson she took
me in the closet and prayed, but nothing came out"(60), with no luck. Huck isn't a rebel,
Continues for 2 more pages >>