The Role People Play Essay

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The qualities of people are distinguished mostly by the impact others have upon them when they are children. These role models shape everyone’s life into the person we are to become, whether positively or negatively. In Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn’s role models all impact Huck’s life and the way he lives throughout the novel. Miss Watson, Widow Douglas, and Jim give Huck positive support, while pap Finn impacts Huck’s life negatively. Miss Watson and Widow Douglas guide Huck throughout his early years when he is without family support by improving his way of life, his religious aspects, his educational outlook, and protecting him from dangers in his life. These two women help to improve his way of…show more content…
Since to Huck “people” included blacks, Huck is able to bring himself to aid even a runaway slave through Miss Watson and Widow Douglas’ leadership. Through these two women’s leadership and positive influence on Huck leads him on his adventures and led him to be able to trust men that are least likely to be trusted. This is the case in the runaway slave, Jim. Although the least likely person to be a role model in the life of a young white boy would be a slave, this is true about Jim who guides Huck throughout their adventures and protects him as a father would for his son. Huck and Jim’s mutual trust in each other is shown immediately upon discovering one another on Jackson’s Island. This is shown when Huck states, “People would call me a low down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don’t make no difference. I ain’t agoing to tell, and I ain’t agoing back there anyways.” (32) With this, Huck tells him his secret about faking his own death and making it to the island, and the two runaways begin their adventures down the Mississippi River. Jim’s leadership through looking after Huck and protecting him from harm proves he is a true father-like figure to Huck. This is proved when Jim did not allow Huck to see the dead man
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