The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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Much as a river shapes its banks on its course, in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck grows and matures as a person as he and an escaped slave, Jim, travel down the Mississippi River. As they raft along the river, the people Huck meets and experiences he gains, as well as the extreme social views he is exposed to, transform him from a naive young boy to someone who has an understanding of his own morality and of the way society functions. In between the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Huck learns humility, compassion, and how to do what is right even when it may be the more difficult decision. After leaving the civilized life thrust upon Huck by his interim guardian, Widow Douglas and her spinster sister, Miss Watson, Huck and Jim set off down the Mississippi River. While in the beginning, their journey is an attempt to escape capture by Huck’s relations, who blame Jim for Huck’s faked death, it rapidly turns into a voyage that forces Huck to reconcile what he has always been told about life, with how he will live his. When Huck lived with his father, he was exposed to the prejudiced ideology expressed by the lower class of Southern society. Radical viewpoints are often found in uneducated populations, and this is exactly to what Huck was exposed. In one drunken stupor, his father exclaims that if even a light skinned of African heritage was allowed to have a vote, he would never participate in an election again.
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