Maturity In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Good Essays
The Evolution of Huck Growth and maturity is a strong theme throughout “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain which centers on a character named Huck Finn, a rambunctious boy whose adventures with a runaway slave build him into a mature young man. Although before these adventures, Huck is an uncivilized and immature boy who is always up to no good with his friend Tom Sawyer. In “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain escorts us through Huck’s experiences with Jim, the runaway slave, that teach him many valuable lessons as he matures in his thoughts and actions. During the adventures Huck and Jim have together, Huck displays many episodes of immaturity. An example of this is when Huck and Jim get separated in a thick …show more content…
Huck starts caring for others even when they have done him wrong. An example of this is when Huck finds out the king and the duke died. “Well, it made me sick to see it; and I was sorry for them poor pitiful rascals, it seemed like I couldn't ever feel any hardness against them any more in the world. It was a dreadful thing to see.” (Twain 231). This quote shows how Huck has matured to the point that he has no hard feelings towards the king and the duke and even feels bad for them even though they treated him and Jim so poorly. Also during the final chapters, Huck starts putting others and their needs in front of his own. An example of this is when Huck decides that he would go to hell to save Jim from slavery. “‘All right, then, I'll go to hell’- and tore it up. It was awful thoughts, and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming.” (Twain 214). In this quote Huck is essentially saying that he would give up his life for Jim. This shows a tremendous amount of character and maturity to want to protect a friend and their freedom to the point of suffering in hell. Another example of Huck putting others and their needs in front of his own is when he exposes himself, the king, and the duke as frauds to save the three sisters from having their property and money stolen. “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, and going to be hard to take, but there ain't no help for it. These uncles of yourn ain't no uncles at all; they're a couple of frauds—regular dead-beats.” (Twain 187). It takes a lot of courage and character to own up to a big lie like Huck does. Huck does not do this because of any personal gain he would receive, but does it out of his care for the girls. He does not want to see them hurt and suffer

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Confessing the truth about his adultery was his last attempt to reveal the lies that plague the town, and it destroys both his honor and dignity. John slanders his good name by confessing his sins to the towon. John also reveals that his wife knew of his adultery. He never allows his pride or reluctance to stop him from disclosing the truth. The ruination of his name could have prevented him from being honest about his mistakes, but his truthfulness endures.…

    • 1018 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Ferdinand can’t stop the tormenting; he is fixated on keeping his sister chaste and unmarried in order to keep his sister’s fortune in the family. He also never owns up to his actions; he places blame on anyone but himself, which is a childish and cowardly trait. He may love his sister deep down, but he treats her death like he does with anyone else he orders to be killed—by placing the blame on the executer, which in this case it is…

    • 948 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Crucible Love Quotes

    • 1024 Words
    • 5 Pages

    It is revealed how much John Proctor values his reputation when he begs Danforth to keep his name. He pleads, “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soil; leave my name!” (Miller 143). John Proctor goes against his morals and ruins his reputation in order to try to save his wife. After Abigail accuses Elizabeth for conspiring with the Devil, he terrorizes his own servant, Mary Warren.…

    • 1024 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    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.…

    • 847 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    “It didn’t take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn’t no kings nor dukes, at all, but just low-down humbugs and frauds,” (Twain 126). Huck almost automatically realizes that the con men are lying. He does not tell Jim that he is worshipping fakes because he cares for Jim and doesn’t want to make him feel stupid “it warn’t no use to tell Jim,” (Twain 126). He also feels sorry for the con men so he lets them have their way because that is the best to handle them “the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way,” (Twain 126). Huck is willing to turn the other way out of compassion, even though it was a bad decision.…

    • 2288 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Tom freaks out once he figures that his mistress is dead, he uses this opportunity to get rid of all the evidence surrounding his affair with Myrtle by blaming his adultery and the murder on Gatsby and retreating into his rich lifestyle without any inch of regret. Tom says to Nick “what if I did tell him? That fellow had it coming” (Fitzgerald 1993:114). This indicates that Tom felt no regret towards causing the death of Gatsby as he believed he had it coming. Tom used Wilson as a way to get rid of Gatsby by lying and manipulating as he knew Wilson was emotionally fragile at that time and would have done anything to avenge his wife.…

    • 1295 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Huckleberry exclaims, “I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself, my mind 's made up; I 'll hive that money for them or bust.” Huck has made up his mind to hide the money from the Duke and Dauphin because he felt very bad for the sisters, who would have been cheated out of money. He takes the money from he Duke and Dauphin and hides it in the coffin. Huck is showing moral progression because he is able to differentiate between right and wrong, and he does what is morally correct to keep the money away from the con artists. He exhibits sympathy towards the girls, and as a result does what is best for them even by putting himself at risk to get into trouble with the Duke and Dauphin. In his final interaction with the Duke and Dauphin, Huck states, “I didn 't want no trouble with their kind.…

    • 1975 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Before his encounter with the three spirits, Scrooge was cheap, unkind, inconsiderate, and spiteful. Many of the people he encountered disliked him. After three Spirits reveal Scrooge’s tender and sincere side, Scrooge decides to change for the better. He finally realizes that his actions have extremely negative effects on those around him, especially his poor clerk, Bob Cratchit. Dickens describes Scrooge’s transformation: “Spirit’, he cried, tight clutching at its robe, ‘hear me!…

    • 1194 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Tartuffe Betrayal Quotes

    • 1025 Words
    • 5 Pages

    He attempts to seduce her and tells her the affair will be free of scandal because no one will find out about it. Elmire wants to keep the information from her husband until she can devise a plan to expose Tartuffe, but Damis, her son, reveals the secret to Orgon. Orgon becomes enraged by his son’s accusations, “Traitor! And how dare you even try to tarnish this man’s virtue with a lie?” and his son replies, “What? This hypocrite pretends to be contrite and you believe him over me?” (175).…

    • 1025 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Although this is technically not against Oceania’s laws, it would definitely get him killed. Also, Winston rights “DOWN WITH THE BIG BROTHER” numerous times in his journal, which is a terrible thought crime. Winston does all this with the hope he might get some freedom, but deep down he knows the government will eventually find out about his crimes against the Party. The character’s rebellion reaches its epitome when he starts having relationships with Julia. This is, again, a terrible crime against the Party, since people cannot feel any pleasure, only reproduce.…

    • 1388 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays