The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Essay

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Huck Finn, the protagonist in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, comes from the lowest level of society and yet his personality is more pure than anyone else. Huck’s father is the town drunk, and because he avoids his father, Huck is frequently homeless. The difference in background distances Huck from the mainstream society making him skeptical to change, as he is when the Widow Douglas attempts to “reform” him. Although he was not integrated into society, he has his own moral outlook on life that is pure. Huck encounters the slave Jim who is a factor into his parting from the corrupted society they live in. Jim puts a hole into Huck’s understanding of the world; Huck learned that slaves are property, not actually intelligent humans, but…show more content…
Jim is a gentle spirited-person and the complete opposite of everyone the people Huck knew who has been surrounded by murderers, lynch mobs, and other shoddy characters. After a lifetime of being alone, and realizing that " he is alone with Jim in the secure little world of the raft drifting down the Mississippi that Huck hears a voice of love that makes sense in the world of hatred, and can reply from his own heart with his apology and with his famous moral victory: "All right, then, I'll go to hell""(Brownell 2). His connection with Jim greatly surpassed the relations with Widow Douglas because of the difference in background and sex. The Widow and Huck could not easily communicate because of many barriers but "With Jim, this barrier of age, position, sex, and background does not exist"(2). Jim’s tenderness allows Huck to reveal his true self and venture into the dark society, with Jim as a symbolization of love and conciliation. Jim is a shining light in the malicious and evil world. Jim's personality is strongly influenced by superstition and bad omens, first appearing when he is giving Huck a prediction by the means of an ox hair-ball. This is followed by Huck meeting his father as he arrives in his room. "Thus enters for the first time a genuinely evil force into the novel, in the form of the malicious and dangerous town drunkard"(2) the origin of Huck’s problems. Huck’s father is the epitome of bad parenting and family failure, the final barrier preventing Huck
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