The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

1688 Words Oct 12th, 2014 7 Pages
Huckleberry Finn, one of the most well known characters of all time, challenges and triumphs against the standards of social society during his time. Throughout the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck grows up in many ways and learns the rights and wrongs of dealing with rules, laws, and people. He shows the importance of friendship, his willingness to get out of a bad situation, and how loyal he can be to someone who truly means something to him.
Society has changed rapidly since the 1830’s, when this novel takes place. Huckleberry Finn’s dramatic change from the beginning of the book to the end of it shows his transformation into an almost completely different person. One major contributor to this change is Huck’s father and his drinking problem. Pap is a huge alcoholic and very abusive towards Huck when under the influence. One winter night, Huck becomes scared out of his gourd when he finds footprints in the snow and realizes his father is back in town. Huck decides to store away all his money so Pap does not have another reason to skin him. Pap skins him for just about anything he can, or just because he wants to. “I begged, and told him I was only Huck, but he laughed such a screechy laugh, and roared and cussed, and kept on chasing me up” (Twain 32). It is safe to say, Pap is crazy. No thirteen year old boy should have to be locked away for days at a time, beaten, and treated like dirt all by his father. Pap surely contributes to Huck’s changing values…

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