Huck As Hero Essay

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In all books, long as well as short, there is a character that stands above the rest. This character must demonstrate high moral character and set an example for the rest of the novels cast. Another name for this super being, is a hero, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities (Webster). In Twains novel, Huckleberry Finn, it is evident that Huck is the hero of the novel. Throughout this book, Huck demonstrates the epitome of heroism, for the attitude that he posses, as well as his actions and willingness to change.
Huck can be called a hero for a great number or reasons throughout the book. In every chapter we notice little things that point in the favor of Huck being one. Huck does things that
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When Huck lives with the widow, he is not allowed to swear, the widow is trying to straighten Huck out and this is one thing that must go. As one would think, being in a household where profanity was abolished would create clean language for Huck. As we see in chapter six, “I had stopped cussing because the widow didn’t like it, but now I took to it again, because Pap hadn’t no objection”(Twain 75), Huck does not conform to society or the widows way of living. He has a free mind and all he wants to do, is feel it. In the beginning of the novel the widow explains to Huck about prayer and being one with Jesus. Although Huck’s religion is also known as superstition, he once again, pleases the widow. Huck tried this prayer nonsense, “Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing came out”(60), with no luck. Huck isn’t a rebel, he will try anything once, if its not for him, then that’s fine because there are always alternatives. Although Huck mocks society, he does try out these conformities of humans.
All hero’s have one major hurtle to jump over, Huck is no different (Bellamy 98). Although free from most corruption and conformities Huck’s battle with racism was his greatest victory. At the beginning of this book, we noticed the weakness of all Twains characters; race. To the society that Huck was born and raised in, black people were no more than animals. Due to
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