Huck Finn

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"I felt so lonesome I most wished I was dead" (221). Mark Twain's, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," is a tale about a boy in search for a family and a place he can truly call home. Through his adventure, he rids himself of a father that is deemed despicable by society, and he gains a father that society hasn't even deemed as a man. This lonely and depressed young boy only finds true happiness when he is befriended with a slave named Jim. Although Huck Finn was born and raised into a racially oppressive society, it is through his personal growth that he realizes that the color of skin does not make a man, and he finds a father and true happiness in Jim. Disparity and loneliness are the tones that Twain quickly sets for his…show more content…
Huck has escaped from his father, has a new found independence on the island, but he still finds himself lonely and depressed, proving that his independence has not solved his problem completely. "I set by my camp fire smoking, and feeling satisfied; but by and by, it got sort of lonesome, […] and [I] counted stars […] and then went to bed; there aint no better way to put in time when you are lonesome"(243). When Huck discovers that Jim is on the island with him, it is the first time in the novel that he does not feel lonely. Twain deliberately waits for this moment of Huck's complete isolation because he wants to foreshadow to the reader that Huck will never feel content until he befriends Jim. "I was ever so happy to see Jim. I warn't lonesome now" (251). Once Twain expresses that Huck is no longer lonely, he begins to show that Huck is content with Jim as Huck tells Jim how much he is enjoying himself. "'Jim, this is nice' […] ‘I wouldn't want to be no where else but here'" (249). Twain now gives Jim the first opportunity to express his feelings for Huck. Implying to the reader of Jim's parental role, Jim discusses how Huck would not be safe and dry if it wasn't for him. Jim's feelings for his own children are replaced as he has the opportunity to care for Huck. At this moment the reader is made aware of the fact that Jim needs Huck as well. "Well you wouldn' a ben

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