Huck Finn

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Huck Finn


ADD: Active Determined Dreamer
Huckleberry Finn is not an escapist, but a free spirit who only wants to live deeply
disentangled from the bonds of society. An escapist is someone who flees from his/her
responsibilities, while a free spirit is a person who knows no boundaries, and cannot be
tamed by society.

It may appear at first that Huck is an escapist, for he enjoys not having to go to school
when living with his father. He escapes from the cabin and his father's abuse; however, he
escapes from his father's cabin out of the necessity of survival, not because he didn't
want to accept responsibilities. Even though Huck did enjoy fishing and relaxing in the
sun during his stay with Pap, it wasn't the responsibility that he was escaping, but the
rules that society had imposed on him. Huck didn't mind learning new things and being
knowledgeable, but he did not like to get dressed up, to have to go to school, to be well
behaved and polite, and to learn good manners. "I was kind of lazy and jolly, laying off
comfortable all day, smoking and fishing…and my clothes got to be all rags and dirt, and
I didn't see how I'd ever got to like it so well at the widows where you had to wash and
eat regular…It was pretty good times up in the woods there, take it all around." (p. 31)
Living in the woods is harder work, having to catch food and build fires to stay warm, but
Huck doesn't mind work as long as he can do it how he wants to.

Huck is always going against society and cannot live by its rules. Society told him it was
wrong to help a runaway slave, but when he paddled out to go turn Jim in he just couldn't
let himself. He decided that he didn't care what society thought was right, and that
staying true to Jim was the best thing to do. "I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I
see it warn't no use for me to try to learn to do right…Then I thought for a minute, and
says to myself hold n; s'pose you'd ‘a' done right and give Jim up, would've you felt
better than what you do now? No says I, I'd feel bad…Well, then says I, what's the use
you learning to do right when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do
wrong." (p. 95) His spirit is free and uncorrupted by the prejudices of society. By
listening to his heart, Huck makes a good choice. He still takes responsibility for his
own actions although not according to the standards put on him, but by those he puts on
himself. He is no longer as selfish, as he becomes more mature he learns to respect other
peoples' feelings and needs. Even though he doesn't want to live in their world, Huck
still has feelings for the people he meets and cares for.

Traveling down the Mississippi is heaven for a free spirit like Huck. Surviving on their
own terms Huck and Jim "borrowed" vegetables and hunted for meat. " We shot a water fowl
now and then that got up too early in the morning or didn't go to bed early enough in the
evening. Take it all around we lived pretty high." (p.71) Huck is completely satisfied
with this life style. He has everything a free spirit needs; a good companion, enough food
and water to comfortably survive, and of course a swift moving river carrying him down the
path of life. The huge river is a school for the free spirited. The river is where Huck
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