The Adventures Of Huckleberry

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The Adventures Of Huckleberry


In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck considers himself to be an
ignorant fool, and an over all bad person that should be looked down upon. However,
through out his story, without ever realizing it, Huck manages to live through many
incredible advetures, and commit unselfish acts that would consider him to be a true hero.
It could even be taken to the extent that Huck Finn lived a more down to earth version of
Homer¡¯s Odyssey. After all, they are both stories of a reliable person going through
the biggest adventures of their lives, while facing certain types of monsters, while using
their cleverness in order to escape many obstacles. Tho only main difference in this is
the fact that while Odysseus faced more mythical challenges, Huck braved through the
challenges of his modern society, and the types of people in it. But even so, one could
easily say that Huckleberry Finn made almost the exact same journey as Odysseus, with a
slightly modern twist added to it. To start, both characters have reasonings behind their
journeys as to why they start it. Odysseus began his sea bound adventure because of the
fact that he was allowed his freedom from Calypso, who has been holding him captive in
hopes of turning him into her husband. So Odysseus is allowed to set sail back to his
homeland. Huck set out his adventure because he was attempting to escape from his drunken
Pap, who was holding him captive in order to get money. Huck manages to escape on a raft,
and set sail. At the end of Huck¡¯s adventure, he does in fact end up in what will be
his home. The two scenario¡¯s are similar for many reasons. For example, both Huck and
Odysseus are being held captive for one reason or another. Calypso wanting Odysseus for a
husband is just like Pap wanting Huck for his money. To add on to this point, both of them
manage to escape throught the use of a raft. The only difference there is the fact that
Odysseus is setting sail through the seas, while Huck takes on his adventure through the
Mississsippi River.

Next in comparison between the two stories would be the use of monsters¡± used throught
out the adventures. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is forced into fights and challenges that
largely deal with monsters, such as the Cyclops, which is a giant, single red eyed beast
with the body of a human. Odysseus is trapped with some of his men in a cave with the
Cyclops, who eats several of them, and tries to kill the others. While it sleeps, Odysseus
stabs the Cyclops¡¯ eye, which blinds the enormous beast. However, it still is alive and
continues its attempts to trap and kill Odysseus and his men. Odysseus manages to fool the
Cyclops with his ability to think quickly, and rides on the belly of one of the
Cyclops¡¯ sheep in order to escape. Huck Finn uses similar quick thinking to overcome
his own version of Cyclops, his Pap. This would be in chapter six, where Pap goes into a
drunken frenzy, and attempts to grab Huck and kill him. During this, Huck makes several
references to Pap¡¯s eyes, by saying that he is ¡°blind drunk,¡± (page 28), and then
says, ¡° I never see a man look so wild in the eyes¡± (page 28 sic). Fourtunately, Pap
passes out before he can kill Huck. From there, Huck grabs his Pap¡¯s gun and aims it
right at Pap, but falls asleep without ever actually shooting him. The next morning, Pap
wakes Huck, taking the gun from him, and then asks why Huck had the gun. Huck, through his
use of quick thinking, says, ¡°Somebody tried to get in, so I was laying for him,¡±
(page 30) and fools his father. These two situations compare in both Odysseus¡¯ and
Huck¡¯s similar revelance to one another. First, it shows their ability to think quickly
in a tight situation in order to escape under pressure. Odysseus escapes by thinking to
ride the sheep¡¯s belly, where the Cyclops cannot reach them. Huck usese this quick
thinking by telling his father a lie, that somebody was outside and needed the gun for
protection in case of an attack. Next would be the heavy similarity between Huck¡¯s Pap
and the Cyclops. They are both locking the two narrators into a space that they believe
that the narrators cannot break free from (and in both cases, the heroes break free). Nex
would be how Huck describes his Pap¡¯s eyes, almost as if Pap were the Cyclops. When
Huck says ¡°blind drunk,¡± it is almost a reference to the fact that Odysseus blinds
the Cyclops. Another point of attention made toward Pap¡¯s eyes is when Huck says how
wild they are. It is the fact that Pap¡¯s drunken frenzy is much like the Cyclops¡¯
savage behavior. They only major difference between the two is that the Cyclops is
mythical, and Pap is a much more realistic character. Already is the fact that both
Odysseus and Huck are held against their own will in the beginning of their stories. Every
time they manage to escape, they end up being trapped again later. The first time odysseus
is trapped is in the beginnning of his story, where he is being held captive by Calypso,
who wants to make him her husband. Although, this compares strongly to Pap holding Huck
catpive for money, it also compares to the very beginning of the story, where Huck is
living with Widow Douglas, where Huck says, ¡°She took me in for her son, and allowed
she would sivilize me.¡± (page 1 sic) Of course, just like Odysseus was found yearning
for freedom by Hermes, Huck shows his longing for escape and freedom by saying, ¡°When I
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