Free Essays - Survival in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Free Essay - Survival in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

In literature, authors have created characters that have traits

that contributes to their survival in society. The qualities of shredders,

adaptability, and basic human kindness enables the character Huckleberry

Finn, in Mark Twain's novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn to survive

in his environment. The purpose of this paper is to depict the importance

of these traits or qualities to his survival.

Huckleberry Finn is able to confront complex situations because he

is shrewd. Nothing is more natural or more necessary than his ability to

lie. In certain situations I will discuss how he must lie because the

circumstances forced him to deception and lies and evasions are the only

weapons he has to protect himself from those who are physically stronger

than he. The creativity, common sense, and understanding of people of

different classes give him the edge he needs to survive in a rather harsh


Living with Ms. Watson and Widow Douglas, Huck has adjusted his

life to that of a civilized society. Huck illustrates his shrewd thinking

when he see signs that indicates his father is back. Being afraid of his

father, he gives all of his money to Judge Thatcher to avoid being

persecuted by his father. Protecting himself was his number one priority;

he knew that if his father got the money he would get drunk and in return

would abuse him. His father drunkenness become a threat to his life later

on in the story and by stopping him from getting the money, he stopped his

father from being an abuser at that point and time.

Pap, Huck's father returns to town to get custody of his son

because he here of Huck's fortune, finally resorting to the kidnapping.

Huck is locked in the cabin when Pap is not around; once he was locked up

for three days. At this point and time Huck was being neglected and abuse;

his father had no idea what his abusive behavior was doing to Huck until he

escapes. Pap became so abusive(not realizing it because of he is always

drunk), that he almost kills his son in the cabin, thinking he was the

angel of death. This incident forces Huck to realize that his father is an
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