After leaving the civilized life thrust upon Huck by his interim guardian Widow Douglas and her spinster sister, Miss Watson, Huck and an escaped slave named Jim journey down the Mississippi River. While their journey in the beginning is an attempt to escape capture by Huck’s relations, who blame Jim for Huck’s faked death, it rapidly turns into a voyage that forces Huck to reconcile what he has always been told about life versus how he will live his. When Huck lived with his father, he was exposed to the ideology expressed by the lower class of Southern society. Radical viewpoints are often found in uneducated populations and this is exactly to what Huck was exposed. In one drunken stupor his father exclaims that if even a pale person of African heritage was allowed to have a vote, he would never participate in an election again. Yet, disregard for human life and liberties on the basis of skin color is not constrained to one tier of society, nor those who mistreat those of their own socioeconomic status. When Huck reaches the end of his journey he pretends to be Tom Sawyer and lives with Tom’s Aunt Sally for several weeks. After his arrival, ...
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...e will go on to treat others. His adolescence may even help his moral journey as often children are able to perceive things as they truly are rather than through an adult’s point of view clouded by years of built up prejudice.
Throughout his journey , Huckleberry Finn is presented with seemingly insurmountable obstacles for a child, however his trip on the river molds and shapes Huck into a young man able to interact with society in ways that all of his role models to this point in his life were not able to do. The sheer absurdity of the situations he finds himself in and the allow Huck to grow mentally and emotionally in the way he see’s those are considered below him, those who have done wrong, and those that are having wrong done to them. The Mississippi river washes away Huck’s old self and comes out the other side a little damp, but ready to take on the world.
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