Essay On Huck's Manipulation Of Identity In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Luis Mora
Mr. Costa
American Lit. & Comp. /Per. 2
5 December 2014
Huck’s Manipulation of Identity as the Catalyst for Jim’s Freedom
In Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Miss Watson and several community members portray the young Huckleberry Finn as an uncivilized character; however, instead of living “civilized,” Huck lives according to his way of being “sivilized.” Huck arranges a plan to escape from the locked cabin his father, Pap, has placed him. After successfully breaking out, Huck undergoes many adventures of survival, and in every situation he must adapt differently. In some cases, he creates a false identity to survive out in the world. As Huck’s journey to freedom continues down the Mississippi River, along
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Mark Twain depicts the “new” Huck—Sarah Williams—as a girl: “So we shortened up one of the calico gowns and I turned up my trowser-legs to my knee…I put on the sun-bonnet and tied it under my chin, and then for a body to look in and see my face was like looking down a joint of stove-pipe” (Twain, 41). Huck’s change is essential to both Huck and Jim in order to assess the gossip and rumor-filled airs of St. Petersburg of Jim supposedly murdering Huck. The unsuccessful modification, which is discovered by Mrs. Judith Loftus, is crucial because as Huck reaches St. Petersburg, he can run across a person who knows Huck and will not recognize him, fortunately Mrs. Loftus did not know Huck and …show more content…
Rather, they consider themselves to be royalty: the King of France and the Duke of Bridgewater. Huck quickly realizes that they are not a King nor a duke instead he calls them “humbugs and frauds” (Twain, 95), but he allows them to have everything their way. The King and the Duke travel to nearby towns pretending that they are actors, and act about less than a scene just to get the admission money they charged. When they return on their journey, the Duke is informed about the death of Peter Wilks and his wealth. The King and the Duke, wishing to seize such treasures, tell everyone that his “brother”, Peter Wilks, has died. After this lie, Huck changes his personality and mentality, saying, “Well, if ever I struck anything like it, I’m a nigger. It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race” (Twain 123). The concept that struck Huck was how the people felt sympathy for the frauds, but they feel no empathy towards the slaves. Moreover, Huck does not pursue the King’s and Duke’s deceitful ways. When the frauds steal the three thousand dollars from the Wilks, Huck recuperates the money and “returns” it to Mary Jane by hiding it in Peter Wilks casket. Huck’s transformation is shown in a change in personality, how he is willing to betray the frauds/society; however, he still feels the need of an

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