Huck Finn, a Journey Essay

945 Words Oct 1st, 1999 4 Pages
Huck Finn The Hero’s Journey Joseph Campbell describes a hero’s journey as a cycle where the person is a hero from birth. This holds true for the character of Huck Finn because he fits the description of a hero in the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There are different parts of the hero’s journey that can be applied to Huck, such as the first stage which is known as the Innocent World of Childhood. A stage further on in the journey is the Initiation while the last stage is known as the Freedom to Live. All three of the stages can be used to describe a specific time in Huck’s life. The Innocent World of Childhood is a starting point for many heroes. This is the time span in a hero’s life prior …show more content…
It is the point in the story where the hero does something that recognizes him as a true hero. Also, one can say that the Initiation is something that pushes the hero into the adult world. One of the rites of passage into the adult world was when Huck helped a slave friend, otherwise known as Jim, to escape. The idea of Huck, a white person, and Jim, a black person, being friends was an unaccepted idea at the time. However, over time, Huck realizes that Jim truly is a human being. Jim feels things and does things like any other human being. Even though Huck still thinks of Jim as a black man, he describes towards the end of the book as Jim really being, “… white inside…” To Huck, this comment was not meant to be degrading, but a simple statement of Jim’s humanity. The fact that Huck helped Jim to escape slavery can be known as a rite of passage into the hero’s world, as well as his thrust into the adult world. The last step in the hero’s journey is the Freedom to Live. This is the stage where, after everything has been said and done, the hero is usually given choices to where he is going and what he is going to do. For Huck, this is his chance to escape the ‘sivilized’ life he has seen on his journey up and down the length of the Mississippi river. It is interesting to look at Huck’s view of the river and the actual land. It is a transition that can be noted throughout the book. Every

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