The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By William Twain Essay

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aDave Pelzer, autobiographer and victim of child abuse, once said, “Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” Unfortunately for Huckleberry Finn, it is the latter. His father is an abusive alcoholic who is unable to provide for Huck, as all of his money goes straight to purchasing liquor. He kidnaps Huck from Widow Douglass, who taught him proper etiquette, and takes him to live in a run-down shack near the river. Here, he is completely sheltered from anything his father did not have—religious knowledge, education, and the expectation of good manners. This reveals the father’s jealousy, as he does not want his son to be more cultured and successful than he. Huck does not seem to mind much about getting away from civilization, portraying his naivety; he is simply a young boy who wants to have fun and be a little rebellious without being scolded. However, the moment Huck’s life is in peril, his opinion of living with his dad takes a turn. One night, his father comes home so incredibly drunk, that he “[chases Huck] round and round the place with a clasp-knife, calling [him] the Angel of Death, and saying he would kill [him]” (32). This exposes that Huck’s dad is evil and cruel: he would kill his own son because his life is utterly miserable and somehow feels like Huck is rubbing that in and acting superior with his civilized upbringing. This inferiority complex functions as an instigator of violence.

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