Hucklberry finn Essay

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hucklberry finn

The age and background of Huck are as important as his personality. Huck is a child, only
about thirteen years old, who comes from the lowest levels of white society. His father is
a drunk and a thug who disappears for months on end. Huck himself is dirty and frequently
homeless. 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." Huck becomes skeptical of the world around him, and constantly looks to
distance himself from it. Since he is a child, Huck is always vulnerable. Any adult he
encounters has power over him. This allows Twain to compare Huck to Jim, who, as a slave,
is also vulnerable to whites, even to a poor white child such as Huck.

Huck's experiences as he travels down the river force him to question the things he's been
taught. According to the law, Jim is Miss Watson's property, but according to Huck's sense
of logic and fairness, it is not only acceptable but also even morally good to help Jim.
Huck's natural intelligence and his willingness to think through a situation on its own
merits lead him to some conclusions that are right in their context but would shock
society. For example, he discovers, when the two meet a group of slave-hunters, that
telling a lie is sometimes the right course of action.

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.
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