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Throughout Hucks journey on the river in pursuit of freedom he may have been indirectly searching for a proper home among the characters whom he encounters In Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the characters that represent a parental figure in different aspects of Hucks development include Mr Grangerford the Widow Douglas and Jim A parental figure can be distinguished as an idol a teacher and a friend With this in mind it is easy to say that the characters mentioned above personify a parental figure to Huck Mr Grangerford whom Huck admires and perceives as a gentleman accepts him as part of the family The Widow Douglas who loves Huck dearly attempts to convert him from his old delinquent self to a gentleman unlike his father Pap Jim the man who Huck helps escape to freedom represents a parental figure who puts others needs before his and teaches lessons in which Huck cherishes Mr Grangerford in Hucks eyes a gentleman Twain 104 represents a parental figure that Huck looks up to and acknowledges in a positive manner He enjoys living with the Grangerfords and feels accepted especially because they have good food and just bushels of it too Coles 28 Huck also admires the close-knit family environment and to him the Grangerfords are a wholly admirable family Coles 30 Hucks description of Mr Grangerford shows a well-rounded strong and stable man whom he admires due to the lack of male influences he has had in the past Huck also may have accepted Mr Grangerford because he is the first white male on his journey that cares for his family and their well being The times Huck spends with the family contrasts greatly from his stay with Pap and to Huck Mr Grangerford is as kind as he can be Twain 105 Indeed Huck perceives Mr Grangerford as a well-set wealthy family man that takes him in with no objectionThe Widow Douglas is a
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