The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essays

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It is easy to fall under the influence of others, especially when one is a child. Mark Twain points this out through the use of his fictional character, Huck, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck is exposed to two characters, Jim and Tom, who play a huge impact in shaping his perspective of write and wrong. Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim helps Huck attain better morals in regards to thievery and ownership; whereas Tom Sawyer serves as an obstacle to Huck’s moral progression. Tom Sawyer misleads Huck by creating his inner desire to steal. At the beginning of the novel, Tom is ecstatic about his intention to “ start [a] band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang" (Twain 20). Through his overemphasis of robbery in literature, Tom’s fantasies garner the interest of Huck. Initially, Huck is just as excited as Tom to join the group, however, over time, Huck becomes unsatisfied with fake robberies and begins to yearn for the real thing. This is evident in Huck’s disappointment with childish behavior of the gang. In Huck the Thief, Carl Link argues that the imaginary treasures stolen by Tom’s pretend gang influence Huck’s acts of thievery later on. Huck begins to idolize the thieves and bandits of literature in a very similar manner to Tom. As a result, his acts of theft progress throughout the novel, from the imaginary jewelry to an actual slave. An example of this progression is highlighted when Huck spots a seemingly abandoned steamboat and asks…

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