Adventures of Huck Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

1. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn was the main character. The story was told through his eyes, and most of the events that took place happened around him. But some of these events would not have happened without other main characters as well, like Jim, Tom Sawyer, the King, or the Duke.
Huck’s personality at the start of the novel had changed gradually throughout the novel and until the end. At first, Miss Watson tried to make him pray for things but Huck did not believe in praying because it brought him bad luck. Later in the novel, Huck tries to pray for forgiveness and wants to erase his sin for stealing a nigger. After he prays, he feels he can pray openly now and will not sin anymore (CH. 31). Huck was also superstitious and believed that everything that went wrong was because of certain things he did, like the snake in Jim’s blanket. And everything was blamed on the bad luck Huck and Jim had. Huck also became kind, especially after the quarrel with his father, pap. He learned that in order to get along with people (like the king and duke), you have to let them have their way, and Huck did.
Jim, at first, was looked upon as just an ordinary nigger. But Huck and Tom soon realized that he was very smart and had helped Huck through most of his adventures. But as a nigger, Jim was looked up to as a hero to other niggers. For instance, Huck tells the reader when niggers from all over the country came to see Jim and hear of his heroic stories and every nigger wanted to be like Jim. Jim was also very superstitious, especially in chapter eight when Jim talks about all of his superstitions, like counting the things for dinner and telling the bees that their owner had just died. All of this supposedly brought bad luck.
Tom Sawyer was also a very influential character to the story. He was the one who came up with all the solutions for things, which eventually made more of a disaster. But that is because he followed stories too much. For instance, in chapter 35, Jim is captured and Tom tries the most original and hardest way to get him out, thus creating more of a catastrophe. Tom is also a big liar. He tries to tell Huck about rubbing a tin lamp and making a genie appear. He also lies about his identity to his aunt, but Huck was also a big liar in that situation as well. One of the biggest characteristics Tom had was that he was too egotistic and did not listen to anyone’s ideas. For example, in trying to free Jim, Tom does not listen to any of Huck’s ideas to get Jim out and just does it his own way.
Around the middle of the story, Huck was passing along a “crick” when he saw two men, of whom he would soon meet. One of the men looked to be around thirty years old and told Huck and Jim that he was the Duke of Bridgewater. However, not until about the end of the novel did Huck and Jim find out that this man was just a fraud, like everything else in his life. For instance, the duke, Huck, Jim, and the king (also the other man) had begun an adventure on a river to nearby towns to fraud people and earn of money. On of the first scams was a Shakespeare show in which the duke and king had presented. The crowd was outraged in the play’s performance and disliked it very much, especially when Colonel Sherburn shot the man and the play was stopped. But since the duke was skilled in printing, he persuaded the crowd to not tell the town about the play so that other people could come and spend money to see the duke and king perform.
The king, also like the duke, was a big fraud and lied about almost everything. Out of the three nights that the Shakespeare performance was held, the duke and king had made around 465 dollars. Despite the king’s