The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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The protagonist of Huckleberry Finn is arguably one of the most remarkable character Mark Twain created in all his writings. Huck can be seen as both a symbol of the freedom of the natural man and an individual man with a conscience and a basic sense of decency. He is also very much still an out of control teenager who has issues with most modest things in life like society, religion, work, and even his own father, yet as a reader you never question that Huck is a sensitive, caring human being who is in many ways, superior to the figures of adults that surround him on a daily basis. These are just some of the reasons that Huck is able to find his closest friendships with boys his own age like Tom Sawyer or with outcasts from society like the runaway slave Jim. These relationships and the humorous optimistic outlook that Twain gives Huck’s narration of their trials make Huckleberry Finn the single most vivid characterization of an American boy in literature. When we are first introduced to Huck, he is in the adoptive custody of the Widow Douglas having been taken away from his natural father by Judge Thatcher after Huck and Tom found the gold in Tom Sawyer, this novel’s predecessor. Huck is never really comfortable with the trappings of civilization, and he slowly wanes under the Widow Douglas’ household routine. Between church, school, and actually having to use manners, we watched on as Huck’s patience for his life with the Widow Douglas slowly waned. The biggest…
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