The Significance of the Physical Journey in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has been called many things, over the years, by critics and scholars. Along with the plethora of criticism about its’ depiction of slavery and its’ use of the word “nigger”, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be the father of all American Literature. This high praise is puzzling, considering all its’ faults coupled with its’ unsatisfying ending. However upon a deeper examination of the text itself a parallel emerges among The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the classic Greek epics. In both novels an epic journey is employed by the author to provide a moral education to the main character, as well as shaping the plot and adding meaning to the story as a …show more content…
He again sees how the King and the Dukes scheme cause damage to society. Their inveigle performance made the townspeople so angry at the King and the Duke for tricking them that they turned against their neighbors and gave a positive review of the performance, so they too would waste their money. Not only were the townspeople unfairly punished by the scheme, but the King and the Duke received retribution for their actions when they were ran out of town by the townspeople. Again, Huck, a pragmatic spectator of the situation realizes that when actions are immoral no one wins. In addition to learning about the consequences of tricking and stealing from another he learns about the consequences of not forgiving another group of people when he meets the Grangerfords. Although he is impressed by their stature and kindness he begins to question why such a dignified family follows an age-old tradition so blindly ,"They don't know now what the row was about in the first place"(Twain 111). The ignorance of the feud is then magnified by the killing, which ends Huck’s stay. He is so disgusted by the families actions that the killing nullifies any previous admiration that he had for the family and teaches him that you cannot take things at face value. Although the Grangerfords seemed perfectly superficially, on the inside they were without morals. Huck’s inner struggle between the morality of the action versus it’s benefit finally

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