Huck Finn, a Journey

946 WordsOct 8, 19994 Pages
Huck Finn The Hero’s Journey Joseph Campbell describes a hero’s journey as a cycle where the person is a hero from birth. This holds true for the character of Huck Finn because he fits the description of a hero in the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There are different parts of the hero’s journey that can be applied to Huck, such as the first stage which is known as the Innocent World of Childhood. A stage further on in the journey is the Initiation while the last stage is known as the Freedom to Live. All three of the stages can be used to describe a specific time in Huck’s life. The Innocent World of Childhood is a starting point for many heroes. This is the time span in a hero’s life prior…show more content…
It is almost as though Huck is speaking poetically of the river. This even further proves Huck’s love for nature. At the end of the book, a final decision is not really made, but Huck hints at the fact that he does not want any more of the ‘sivilized’ life. He believes this his true calling is with nature and territory that has not yet been touched by the ‘sivilized’ life he found to be so disgusting during his journey. To Huck, certain people, such as Tom, the widow, Miss Watson, and other individuals he met during his journey were suited for such ‘sivilized’ life. Huck, however, would have none of it. All three stages hold true to Campbell’s idea of the basic process a hero goes through. This process is 1) departure, 2) fulfillment, and 3) return. Also, another important fact of the hero is that he does not get anything but the good deed he did. All of these ideas can be applied to Huck Finn, such as the three stages of Innocent World of Childhoo, the Initiation, and the Freedom to Live do. These absolutely establish Huck’s place in the hero’s world. However, it would be interesting to see what Huck has to say about generations of people recognizing him as a true

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