Huck Finn's Maturity

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In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story is told of a young boy who leaves his old life in search of independence and adventure. Throughout the story, Huck along with a runaway slave named Jim encounter many adventures. Through these experiences Huck matures, learning about life and what it means to be a good person. Throughout the novel, Huck develops and grows as a character.
In the beginning of the novel Huck is unsure of himself and of what is right and wrong. This is shown when Huck encounters the runaway slave, Jim. Huckleberry know that Jim has run away from his owner, but he also knows that Jim is a good person and would be a great partner for him on his journey. Conflicted, Huck is faced with the decision of turning
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In chapter 26, two thieves that Huck meets along his journey steal the inheritance from three orphan girls. It would be far less burdensome for Huck to allow the men to steal from the girls, however, he knows this is not the right thing to do. This shows Huck’s moral development and maturation because he is putting the needs of others before his own, something that he likely would not have done at the start of the novel. Huck knows that the men are dangerous and will hurt him if he tells, but he decides to do so anyway, “Don’t you holler. Just set still and take it like a man. I got to tell the truth, and you want to brace up, Miss Mary, because it’s a bad kind” (187). This is the first prime example of Huck making the morally correct decision even though it is difficult and goes against what he has been told. This demonstrates a growth in Huck’s moral reasoning, he is now able to tell that what is right might not correspond with what others are doing or what he is being …show more content…
At the start of the novel, many of Huck’s decisions are driven by the opinions and words of others. This is why he finds it incredibly difficult to allow Jim to escape, even though he knows that he is an intelligent and kind man. As the story continues, Huck begins to challenge the ideas of others and form his own moral judgements apart from what others think. This is shown when he tells the orphaned girl that her money had been stolen. This decision went against what he had been told, and placed him in the way of danger, but he did it anyway because it was the right thing to do. Huck’s character grows even more in the end of the story when Huck is steadfast on rescuing Jim from his captures. With each adventure, Huck learns a new lesson and grows as a person. In the end, Huck is completely on Jim’s side and this shows how he is a compassionate and empathetic character. The novel concludes with Huck explaining how Aunt Sally wants to adopt him, but he does not want this. Despite Huck’s development over the novel, he is still a wild and free soul that wishes to remain uncaged. While Huck may never stop his voyage for adventure, he will continue to mature and grow along the

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