Nature Vs Nurture In Huckleberry Finn

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When one writes, there is always a reason to why they have chosen their plot, use of diction and much more. Other factors of someone’s writing could be influenced by their environment or just their natural personality. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses the topic of nature vs. nurture to reveal character motive and personality

Huckleberry Finn’s upbringing changed how he perceives the world and responds to his surrounding. Having an abusive and absent father made Huck cope with relying on few people and being emotionally removed from others. When Pap would “lay drunk with the hogs in the tanyard”, it didn’t really give Huck a chance to have any connection to his family (Twain 8). He found a friend in Tom Sawyer, but as
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One of the biggest ways this is revealed is through Jim. Huck starts to show his love and respect for him more and more, Huck keeps it a secret from Jim that they are not really Dukes and Kings, but instead conmen. This secret shows a level of compassion and the fact that Huck does not want Jim to worry. Although the conmen can be positive influences, they can also be negative. With their arrival, Huck gets back in the mindset of a robber and starts to think “what would Tom do in this situation”. This is not good because as we all know, Tom makes horrible decisions and if that takes over Huck’s conscious then we are screwed and will never have a good outcome. All in all, the duke and king portray more than just mere comic relief and lies. They are an excellent example of how people that you encounter in life can mold your actions and understanding of …show more content…
When he witnessed the Duke and King being tarred and feathered, he felt sorry even though society saw it as an act of justice. This showed Huck that “humans can be awful cruel to one another,” and this cruelty can be directed by society (Twain 233). It has a way of changing people and how they act… not always for the better. Another way that Huck differs from others, is his view on skin color. Huck speaks of Jim as an equal and says “He ain 't no slave; he 's as free as any cretur that walks this earth!” (Twain 345). Using the word “creature” adds an emphasis on his morals of equality and his views of seeing everyone in the same light until proven other wise. When Huck frees Jim from the plantation, that was his final and most powerful break against society. He could have easily been killed for helping a slave runaway. All the events culminate to reinforce Huck’s dislike for society. The book started and ended with people trying to “sivilize me, and I can’t stand it,” (Twain 293). He got a taste of adventure and loved it so much that he never wanted to stop, but is adventure seeking influenced by his environment or is it in his blood? One could argue both sides, saying that it is just something he likes because of his personality; or one could say Huck’s little podunk town led him to want to be free and make meaningful

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