Huck as Hero Essay

1271 Words Oct 15th, 1999 6 Pages
In all books, long as well as short, there is a character that stands above the rest. This character must demonstrate high moral character and set an example for the rest of the novels cast. Another name for this super being, is a hero, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities (Webster). In Twains novel, Huckleberry Finn, it is evident that Huck is the hero of the novel. Throughout this book, Huck demonstrates the epitome of heroism, for the attitude that he posses, as well as his actions and willingness to change. Huck can be called a hero for a great number or reasons throughout the book. In every chapter we notice little things that point in the favor of Huck being one. Huck does things that only one with good …show more content…
At the beginning of this book, we noticed the weakness of all Twains characters; race. To the society that Huck was born and raised in, black people were no more than animals. Due to the little travel that Huck encounters before the book takes place, Huck is subjected to only racism and has no other focal point in his life to decide whether it is wrong. Right off the bat, Huck and Jim the slave, have a bond together. They couldn't have met at a better time, both were at a point in there life where they needed change and were both running from something, whether it be slavery to freedom or abusiveness to freedom, both sought freedom. Due to the events that had occurred in the past few weeks in Jim and Huck's life, this is when they were most vulnerable. This is very important to note, because Huck not have been so willing to open up and accept this black man if he were not in the state that he was. When Huck first sees Jim, he is rather hesitant to accept him, but as time goes on and Huck escapes from his father, the bonding starts. We soon see Huck appreciating Jim, "I know'd he was white inside" (Twain 47) claims Huck. Saying that Jim is white inside is Huck's way of making him on the same level as this run away slave, think about it, how can one respect another if you put them a level below you. Through their journey, Jim becomes a father towards Huck, and Huck accepts Jim as a mentor and companion. Huck in my eyes is a hero

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