Huckleberry Finn’s Journey Through Life
The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn takes the readers through many different twists and turns as well as emotions. A stunning tale about a young boy who is looking to over come his father and make it on his own. Here, I set out on a task to find the hero’s journey as expressed throughout this story.
The story begins off with the main character, Huck, planning to break out of his ordinary world. Huck is living with the Widow Douglas upon the disappearance of his father. His father, whom most have presumed to be dead, is a character that comes in later in the story and leaves the readers with a feeling of disgust. When the story takes a turn and the readers realize Huck’s father is indeed alive, we are given the chance to meet him. “ I used to be scared of him all the time, he tanned me so much”(20). His Father has come back into town upon learning that Huck has come into a great deal of money. A series of events lead to Huck’s father, Pap, kidnapping Huck and taking him far away from the Widow Douglas to a place where no one could find them.
Huck shows himself to be a smart boy using his “Tom Sawyer like skills” to runaway from his father and that’s where his call to adventure begins. Recognizing Pap’s patterns, Huck waits for the proper time when his father leaves to get to the busy work in planning his own escape. When Huck finishes up his clever plan he realizes Pap is on his way back to the cabin in which they stayed. He gets in his canoe and heads to Jackson island. From there he watches the next day as the people in the town come and look for his missing carcass.
After a few days Huck begins to explore the island and to his surprise he finds Jim, one of Miss Watson’s slaves. Jim has escaped and is on the same island as he is! Immediately, strings begin to tug on his heart as he battles with his conscience. He has to decide whether or not to turn Jim in! After all, he was sure happy to see Jim. This is where the refusal of the call comes into place. Huck, someone who’s always seen Jim as a slave now sees that Jim, like everyone else is a real person with feelings. He can’t take him back to Miss Watson without turning himself in as well.
Jim and Huck's friendship begins to blossom as Jim turns into Huck’s mentor. “Jim said if we had the canoe hid in a good place, and all the traps in the cavern, we could rush t...
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.... Tom then yells that Jim isn’t a slave! Jim has been free ever since Miss Watson died and freed him in her will. Apparently Miss Watson was so ashamed about planning to sell Jim that she felt it best to set him free.
Return with treasure, and what a treasure indeed. Jim, now a completely free man.
They were free from the King and Duke and free from the Phelps’ as well. Tom gives Jim forty dollars for putting up with them the entire time and for being such a good prisoner.
Jim turns to Huck and tells him he was right about being a rich man one day.
The story comes to an end when Huck learns that Aunt Sally wants to adopt him. Huck wants nothing to do with the civilized life again. He needs to start planning on heading west since he already tried to become civilized once before and did not like it.
Huckelberry Finn, truly a good story that captures the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. “But I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before”(229). A few of the very last words in the book. Here expresses the events of the hero’s journey throughout Huckelberry Finn.