The Learning Experience of Huck Funn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a story of a boy, Huck Finn, who runs away from home and travels down the Mississippi River with a “runaway nigger” named Jim. Huck’s father, Pap, is a drunken low life who doesn’t seem to care for his son. He comes from a poor, troubled family and isn’t very educated which is something he seems to embrace. “Huck Finn runs away not only from an abusive father but also from his good-intentioned guardian, Miss Watson, who tries to civilize Huck, educate him, and make him a Christian” (Sienkewicz). Whether he knows it or not his journey down the river isn’t just an escape, it is a learning experience. Huck learns a few life lessons from dealing with his conscience, to friendship and equality, to having trust and he realizes that he isn’t as alone as he thought he was.
Throughout the whole story Huck struggles with his conscience and choosing between what is right and what is wrong. He doesn’t always make the right decision but he gets pretty close. He learns to follow his heart instead of his conscience when necessary. For example, while traveling down the river in a storm, he and Jim come across a stuck steamboat and decide to go aboard to see what kind of stuff they can find. It turns out that there are three men on the boat, two of which are murderers who are going to kill the third guy. The murderers set up a little boat to leave the scene that Huck and Jim end up taking. Huck knows these guys are up to no good but…