The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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Every decision we make comes with a consequence. Throughout the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, the protagonist, Huckleberry Finn, makes decisions concerning his friend Jim’s escape from slavery. Along with this novel being coming-of-age, Huckleberry is a coming-of-age character. Huckleberry starts off as a boy who is confused and questions the society he lives in. As the novel progresses, so does Huckleberry’s moral development as he distinguishes between right and wrong, makes his own decisions, and understands the world around him. Through irony and his own critiques, Twain develops Huckleberry as a character who puts the interest of others before himself. Like people in today’s world, the environment and people in Huckleberry Finn’s life have made an impact on the kind of person he is in the novel. Huckleberry lives with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. In the beginning of the novel, Huckleberry provides an example of what will be a reoccurring theme; hypocrisy. “Pretty soon I wanted to smoke and asked the widow to let me…she said it was a mean practice…and she took a snuff too; of course that was all right because she done it herself” (Twain 5). In this quote, the Widow Douglas warns Huckleberry against smoking, but she then proceeds to start smoking herself. By saying this, Twain has employed verbal irony, as the Widow Douglas is doing the exact opposite of what she said to Huckleberry. Matters are confused more, when Miss
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