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A Discussion on the Influence of Outside Forces on the Maturing of Huck From The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Dave From The Man Who Was Almost a Man
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How Outside Influences force Huckleberry Finn and Dave to Mature The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Man Who was Almost a Man are both bildungsromans A bildungsroman is a story whose principal subject is the moral psychological and intellectual development of a usually youthful main character In Huck Finn the main character Huck is placed in many situations that force him to develop his personal skills These situations also teach Huck to listen to himself and make the correct decisions in adult situations even though they do not always fit within the constraints of society Likewise in The Man Who was Almost a Man the main character Dave a young seventeen year old finds himself in situations that force him to make mature decisions One difference between Huck and Dave is that Daves mother forces these situations on him indirectly Another difference between Huck and Dave is that we get to see the development of Huck and do not get to see the development of Dave into a mature young man In the two stories The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Man Who was Almost a Man the main characters are greatly influenced by other characters in each of the stories Huckleberry Finns changes come about progressively sometimes without notice As it is seen in Huck Finn Huck undergoes many changes Each of these changes is crucial to Hucks survival and maturation The characters known as pap Jim and the Smith 2 Widow Douglas are ultimately the greatest causes of Hucks transition from an adolescent to a more mature adult Hucks father who in this novel is simply referred to as pap plays a crucial role in changing Huck Pap beats Huck drinks too much and constantly ridicules Huck for attempting to educate himself He says things like First you know youll get religion tooTwain 43 It is negative responses like this that give Huck a new outlook and new respect for
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