Essay on The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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Every hero in literature has a journey. These heroes start as ordinary people in an ordinary world then, they receive a call to action and must transform to solve a conflict or reach one of their goals. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is portrayed as an archetypal hero to reveal the theme of friendship conquering all.

Huck is introduced to the story as an archetypal hero; he has an ordinary life, he receives a call to action, and at first refuses this call. Before diving into his adventure he is just like any other boy. “Whenever [he] got uncommon tired [he] played hookey” (Twain). Just like any other small child he doesn’t necessarily like school and would rather avoid it. The other boys also skip school when they do not feel like it which further shows how Huck is just another kid. Huck also experiences a call to action, as all archetypal heroes do. The thing that interrupts Huck’s life is when he goes up to his room and “there sat pap, his own self” (Twain 18). This is Huck’s call to action because it is Pap’s presence that makes Huck’s life other than ordinary. It causes him to run away and begin his adventure. It also is what leads him to find Jim. Huck begins to refuse the call to action because he has been taught that slaves are less. When he fights the urge to “paddle ashore first light an a tell” he is showing the reader that he does not have the same views as society (Twain 89). He shows how friendship can overcome the bad ethics taught…

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