One of the social issues that was presented was the role of the father figure within a child’s life. Huck mother’s was nonexistent in the book, so he was always with his father. His Father, Pap, was a serious alcoholic and would often beat on Huck when he was drunk. This lead to feelings of resentment and hatred within Huck, and in consequence made him want to have nothing to do with his father. However, his father wanted Huck only when he wanted something of value, which in this case was gold. Additionally, we do see another side to Pap when he is in a drunken stupor and expresses more feelings for Huck than just material wants. There are many dimensions to how Pap interacted with Huck, however most of them led to a bad influence on Huck and made him hate his father even more. Ultimately, due to Pap being a bad father figure it opened room for Jim, the slave, to assume the position and show H...
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...ther helped him improve himself because ultimately he wanted to be better than his father. Also, because Huck’s father wasn’t there to mold him with his own ideas, Huck became independently minded. In consequence, he didn’t listen to society’s concepts about things, such as slavery and living in a civilized manner.
Likewise, there was a father-son pair in the novel “No Longer at Ease,” by Chinua Achebe. The main character and the son in this novel was Obi Okonkwo and the father was Isaac Okonkwo. However, they are very different from the pair in “Huckleberry Finn” because Isaac wasn’t abusive to Obi and didn’t abandon him. But just because he didn’t inflict physical pain doesn’t mean he didn’t cause Obi pain and create resentment towards him in his own son. Much like Pap, Isaac had a fundamental role in shaping Obi as a character throughout the course of the novel.
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