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A Passage from Childhood to Adulthood in the Novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage and The Catcher in the Rye
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Teenagers everywhere have experienced an emotional bond with the characters Huckleberry Fin Henry Fleming and Holden Caulfield while reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Red Badge of Courage and The Catcher in the Rye Hucks adventure down the Mississippi Henrys challenging experience in the Civil War and Holdens weekend of self examination in New York City present various views of the transition of the adolescent into adulthood All three characters evolve from nave innocent children to adult men sharing their experiences personal interactions and emotions thus relating to the readers own teenage years Huckleberry Finn shares his story a young boy running away from his oppressive father as his many adventures chronicle his change into a man Huck Finn grows up in the sense that he loses his youthful innocence and becomes a mature young man His first step as a naive innocent child is the simple desire to escape from his abusive father Pap Huck is trying to escape his corrupt past but on the river Huck still faces corruption and inevitably loses his innocent view of the world Huck witnesses the Grangerforld and Shepahrdson feud an angry lynch mob and Duke and King tarred and feathered by the towns people It made me so sick I almost fell out of the tree I aint agoing to tell all that happened- it would make me sick again if I was to do that I wish I hadnt ever come ashore that night to see such things Twain 87 Huck is inexperienced and uneducated but is expressing his true feelings that the human race is barbaric Still trying to escape Huck continues down the river He is constantly challenged to question his society and the human race and his final challenge comes when he is forced to make a moral decision over his dilemma about Jim The prejudice and the hypocrisy of the society he has always known challenges the actions Huck is taking
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