Most people think that education only happens in a school, but there are other ways to be educated. The adventures of huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, illustrates lessons learned by a young boy, Huck Finn. Huck has met many people on his travels and many of them taught him at least one thing he could use in his life; Huck’s most important educators are Pap, Tom, and Jim; these men have taught him more than anyone else. First off jim, a slave at first but after his owner died she set him free but people think he is a runaway slave, he follows huck on his adventure and they set off to do amazing things. Jim teaches him two main things, that blacks are as good as white and that blacks care for each other as whites do. Jim saying that blacks are as good as whites is true of course but Huck does not know that until he really looks at how Jim is and how he works. Huck realises that blacks care as much as whites do for their people, “and I do believe he cares just as much for his people as white …show more content…
Pap is Huck’s father, but Huck does not like him because he is abusive, a drunk, and does not treat huck good at all. Still he taught Huck so much in his life. One of the things he teaches Huck is how to borrow, “it warn’t no harm to borrow things if you was meaning to pay them back some time”. But of course he would never pay them back. Pap also teaches Huck that you don’t need to go to school, but Pap is just afraid that Huck will become smarter than him. It just shows how arrogant Pap is. Last but not least, Tom. Tom is not the person that helps a lot. He only gets his ideas out of books, and everything has to be just like the books that he read. “I don’t know. But that's what they do. I've seen it in books; and so of course that’s what we’ve got to do”. He teaches Huck that there is a whole nother side of adventure. Huck believes that if someone can read and write, they are better and Huck listens to them, and believe that they are always
This clearly illustrates Huck’s great ability to outwit and think on his feet and it is clear that Huck has some smarts in him it's just that it is not express all the time due to certain factors that influence him to make certain decisions. Like when Tom is around because Tom has such a latch on Huck's mind to the point where Huck will pretty much do whatever Tom thinks is best because Huck believes he has a “gifted mind”. So yea sometimes Huck can be quite dumb when he is pretending to be someone else or when he is influenced by Tom but when push comes to shove it is pretty clear that Huck is a lot smarter sometimes than what Mark Twain makes him cut out to be because he has a gifted mind too. Take for example when Huck is faking his own murder to get away from Pap and how he uses his resources ever so
In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck learned from the Widow Douglas, the woman who fostered him; Tom, his best friend; Jim, a slave he helped escape; and his father, a brutal drunkard. What Huck learned shaped his moral and ethical character.
Jim looks at Huck as a friend, savior, and a superior. Jim sees Huck as a friend because Huck is helping Jim to be free. Huck is also seen as a savior because Huck shows up to rescue Jim from the hut after he has been captured. Finally Huck is seen as a superior because white people are a higher rank at the time in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain. “ A great relationship is about two things. First appreciating the similarities, and second respecting the differences” by an unknown
One action that shows what Huck thinks of Jim is when Huck apologized to Jim for lying to him. The two were heading down the river and the fog rolled in. Huck got separated from Jim in the fog. Huck got in the canoe and tried to paddle to Jim who was in the raft. After a long time adrift, Huck finally finds Jim. Huck fools Jim into thinking the entire thing was a dream. Jim, despite society’s idea of slaves being “less” than white people, is pretty smart. Jim notices all the debris, dirt, and branches that were collected on the raft while it was adrift. He got mad at Huck for making him look like a fool and worrying him so much. In a famous quote from the book, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards” (Twain 131). This quote demonstrates the beginni...
Before Huck sets out on his raft adventure, he is exposed to the values and morals of his poor, drunken father. Pap Finn instills a "Southern race prejudice" and leads Huck to believe "that he detests Abolitionists" (374). Huck comes into conflict with this philosophy as he journeys on the raft with Jim. He can not decide if he is wrong in helping Jim escape slavery or if the philosophy is wrong. The education of Huck also stirs some values from Pap. When Pap tells him that education is useless, Huck is confused because the Widow Douglas told him that education was important. As a result, Huck's values towards education are uncertain. Pap Finn, as a figure of the lower class, does his part to confuse the growing morals of his son.
...ion. Twain ends his novel by setting Huck up for a new experience and personal growth. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn taught an important lesson, one that showed the importance of the self in the maturing process. We saw Huck grow up by having the river as a place of solitude and thought, where he was able to participate in society at times, and also sit back and observe society. Through the child's eye we see how ignorant and mob-like we can all be. Then nature, peace, and logic are presented in the form of the river where Huck goes to think. Though no concise answer is given, the literature forces the reader to examine their surroundings, and question their leaders.
In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Pap is a horrible parent to Huck, and constantly berates him. When he hears about Huck's new 6000 dollar fortune, he comes back to town to get back his son and the money. He is furious when he finds that he cannot get the money, and he becomes even more enraged when he finds out that Huck is going to school and living a civilized life. He says to Huck
...te peoples property. He is told that slaves are simply lesser people than people of the white race. Because it really is what everyone believes, this prejudice is tricky to erase and stays with Huck for a long period time. Soon, Huck starts to realize that this is not true. Jim shows him that although he is a servant, he is a genuine person, not a piece of property. He has emotions, just like Huck himself. Huck continually learns through everyone incident how Jim can be a genuine, caring and beneficial person. Slowly, Huck begins to rethink a few of the prejudice things that he’s been taught most of his childhood life. He becomes his own person by choosing what he knows is right to do, instead of what exactly society says is the right thing to do. This is an example that shows how Huck’s maturity and his capability to think for himself has grown throughout this book.
Through the character of a 13-year-old boy, Twain shows how vulnerable Huck is to fall into the societal norm of thinking. Throughout the novel it is crucial to remember that whites at this time did not recognize black slaves as humans, but rather as property. By the way Huck was raised, he sees Jim as a black slave who can’t think for himself and has a very small range of emotions. In one instance in the book when Huck and Jim are stuck on the raft together, Jim starts talking enthusiastically about gaining his freedom and traveling back up the river to “steal” his family back. When Huck hears Jim’s excitement for what Huck knows is breaking a law, he immediately falls back into the learned mindset he was raised to believe: “Saying he would steal his children—children that belonged to a man I didn’t know; a man that hadn’t ever done me no harm” (95). At this point, all Huck knows is that Jim wants to steal “properties” from an innocent white man who hasn’t done anything wrong to deserve it. One of the most key places where Huck demonstrates what he’s been taught by society about African Americans is when Huck tries to explain that there are people from different countries outside of America that speak different languages other than English. Huck and Jim go back and forth arguing over why French people
...as he must be white inside. This shows how in his mind, white is good and black is bad, but since Jim is black and he is doing something good, then he must be white. Huck’s experiences and surroundings change him day by day. Even though Jim is black and he hasn’t changed, Huck has changed and now recognizes Jim as a human being and not as property.
Upon his encounter with Jim, Miss Watson’s slave, on Jackson’s Island, Huck learns that Jim has run off. However, having already promised Jim he would not report back to Miss Watson, Huck keeps his word, despite knowing that “‘people would call me a low down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don’t make no difference. I ain’t going to tell, and I ain’t going back there anyways’”(Twain 55). This quote not only depicts Huck as a man of his word, but it also goes to paint a bigger issue here in regards to a rising moral dilemma, one between Huck and society. He is raised during a period where slavery is ubiquitous; it is a period where whites are put up on a pedestal and blacks are repressed. Therefore, it is abnormal to think that any white man, or child for that matter, would choose not to break his word on a promise to a slave. To do so would mean that he is going against what his society upholds, marking this as one of Huck’s many moral dilemmas. However, that is not enough to discourage him from doing what he feels is right because not keeping a promise is the same as disrespecting himself and hurting his self-esteem. When Huck keeps his promise, it communicates to Jim that Huck values him because like Jim, Huck too, has run away. In that case, they are not different and Huck can relate to Jim. Huck continues to learn to respect and care for Jim, not as a runaway
One possible theory to this statement is that Huck Finn did not have a nurturing, supportive family to go home to everyday and instead had to return to his drunken, abusive father. Early in chapter two, readers get a brief glimpse of Pap’s personality for the first time when one of Tom Sawyer’s gang members says, “Yes, he’s got a father, but you can’t never find him these days. He used to lay drunk with the hogs in the tanyard, but he hain’t been seen in these parts for a year or more” (Twain 13). Shortly after, Pap returns into Huck Finn’s life and takes him by surprise. Pap’s neglect and disdain for Huck can be summed up in chapter five, when Huck watches Pap, “He took it and bit it to see if it was good, and then he said he was going downtown to get some whisky; said he hadn't had a drink all day.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain includes characters that have varying views on the importance of education. Both Huck and Jim seem to value learning through experience, rather than learning from books and school. Also Jim cannot read or write so that inhibits Jim from going to school. Jim is a slave which means he is not allowed to get an education. Tom also enjoys learning from experience rather than books, but he reads more than Huck and it seems that he sometimes values learning from books rather than learning from experience.
In the beginning, Huckleberry Finn hasn?t fully formed opinions on topics such as slavery. He is quite immature and content to just have ?adventures? with his friends. During his journey on the raft, he learns much more about himself through his dealings with others. He establishes his very own standards of right and wrong. Huck?s most important lessons are learned through Jim. He learns to see Jim as a person rather than as a slave: ?I knowed he was white inside? (263). More than any other character in the book, Jim is a catalyst for Huck?s maturity. Through Jim as well as other people he meets along the way, Huck becomes a more defined person who?s more fully himself. His development through the course of the novel proves The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to be a gradual journey toward growth and maturity.
.... Although Jim is a slave, Huck has already learned to recognize Jim as a real human being with emotions and deep consideration for his family. Because of these conclusions, he will do anything to fight for his friend’s rightful freedom.