Violence And Greed Are Two Themes That Run Rampant Through All Of Huckleberry Finn

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Michelle Callahan November 5, 2014 ENGL-2328 6001 8W2 Violence and greed are two themes that run rampant through all of Huckleberry Finn, driving the story along. Just when you begin to think things have calmed down, something else happens to bring the themes back into the picture and shatter the false sense of peace achieved by the slow float down the river. The characters are impelled to continue living dangerously, despite the many other options available to them, to try and improve their station in life. The violence and greed both come in early on, and it 's no surprise that the two are wrapped up together in a profound way. Huck 's dad, Pap, comes back into the picture, and the readers quickly find out that Huck has been abused many times in the past. Huck recalls how his father hasn 't been seen in a year and Huck was just fine with that as Pap “used to always whale [Huck] when he was sober and could get his hands on [Huck]” and Huck would have to hide out in the woods to get away from his father (Twain 113). This skill ends up serving Huck well later, when he has to hide from many other men who are representations of his father. Pap comes out of hiding, only because he heard that his son had come into a large sum of money and he wants it for his own. He tells Huck that he “hain 't heard nothing but about [Huck] bein ' rich. [Pap] heard about it away down the river too. That 's why [he] come,” back to town. Pap wants the money so badly, that

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