The running theme throughout the book is Huck Finn’s continuing struggle with his conscience concerning his relationship with the runaway slave, Jim, who has grown to be his friend and parent figure. The plot of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn involves the adventures of Huck and Jim who are on the run. Huck is escaping his drunkard father and Jim is avoiding his proposed sale. Together they are rafting down the Mississippi River, away from civilization and society. Huck has just recently come under the care of his Christian foster mother, the Widow Douglas, who is working to undo his sinful ways and train him in a religious lifestyle.
The Adventures of Huck Finn CHARACTER: Character Name Description Quote Huckleberry Finn A young outcast boy who is always forced to survive on his own due to lack of authority. He is quick-witted and able to make intelligent decisions, but is often influenced by his friend Tom. Jim A black slave that belonged to Miss Watson but escaped after she threatened to sell him. Huck and him went off together on the river looking for the free states. The king & the duke Fugitives that joined up with Huck and Jim on the raft.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, has a variety of themes throughout the book, but one prevalent theme is coming of age for Huck. The book takes us on the adventures of a young boy trying to grow up amidst many difficulties, the least of which is a father who is an alcoholic, con-artist who becomes abusive when under the influence. He teaches his son about drinking, fighting, lying and stealing. He also abandons Huck, leaving him on his own without any guidance. When he finds out Huck has money he kidnaps Huck and holds him captive.
Throughout life people grow up in many ways. It is the life experiences people deal with that help them mature and develop. The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, develops themes with his motifs. In the novel Huck starts as an uneducated young boy with no mother and an abusive drunk father. Huck decided to fake his death and run to keep himself safe, along the way he meets Jim, a run away slave from the town he lived in previously, and has to make the decision whether or not to help him escape.
The quote “looking about him, after drying his eyes with is cuff,” shows that he is guilty and wishes to change his ways. But in this part of the novel (stave 2) Dickens uses fear in this extract very differently and in a much more subtle way. Scrooge regrets not giving the boy money because after he himself looks to his past after the spirit shows him he realises that the boy asking for money reminds him of how he was when he was younger. The fact that he regrets his previous action shows that he is scared that the boy might turn out like him. Dickens uses Scrooge’s fear as not fear for himself but for the people he has wronged.
As children or teenagers, it is safe to say that we have all had a rebellious streak and have experienced an oppressive authority figure, parental ... ... middle of paper ... ...s as far as saying he will go to hell if that is the cost to be a true friend to Jim, his loyal companion and even a father figure. With this, he acknowledges that he is an evil person and that society has the correct answers when it comes to being ethical. His moral crisis near the end illustrates that he desires to be “good”, but he is unsure of what that entails. By society's standards, 'being good' would mean sending the letter informing Miss Watson of her runaway slave. In his heart though, being good means protecting those you care about, despite violations of any rule or law.
Growth and Maturity in Huck Finn The theme of growth and maturity is portrayed heavily throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain which centers on Huck Finn, a rambunctious boy whose adventures with a runaway slave build him into a mature young man. The novel is a bildungsroman because it depicts the development and maturing of a young protagonist. In the first part of the story, Huck is seen as very immature. He struggles between doing what he wants and what society would have him do. On the raft, Huck realizes what his own beliefs are because of the people he meets in his journey.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain brilliantly illustrates a boy's travels down the Mississippi and the trials and tribulations that occur as a result. Having a runaway slave as a companion and being set in the South during slavery only forebodes trouble. The many characters and stunts that Huck's pulls provides for an interesting depiction of a young man's venture down a river. Huck lives in a small town and has only one drunken parent, which supplies Huck with many problems. His biological father, Pap, wanders from town to town, begging for money and drinking; and every once in a while pops back into Huck's life to beg money and to scold his son for going to school and becoming ‘sivilized’.
Huck’s moral journey begins when Huck breaks free from the influences of the Widow and Pap, and is finally able to begin to decide for himself what is right and wrong as well as to develop his own moral conscience. The first step taken in Huck’s moral journey occurs after Huck has escaped the cabin he was held captive in by Pap, and safely lands on Jackson’s Island. Upon his arrival Huck runs into Jim, Miss Watson’s slave who has run away. When Huck and Jim bump into each other, Huck’s first response is “I bet I was glad to see him.” (Twain, 41) This sign... ... middle of paper ... ...her. (230) This is the last crucial step in Huck’s moral journey.
Morality in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Samuel L. Clemens's, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is told through the eyes of a young man, the narrator and protagonist, Huckleberry Finn. He learns about life and society through the nature of the world. He finds himself in many unpredictable situations, and constantly in different settings. These settings consist of land, the shore of the Mississippi River, or on a small raft floating downstream. There is always danger near because of his companion, the runaway slave, Jim.