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A Learning Adventure An adventure can teach someone something significant about themselves other people or the world in general In Mark Twains work The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck has many learning experiences as he travels on his adventure down the Mississippi River Huck is an individual at a tie between a set of social breakdowns His family the legal system and the community have all failed to protect Huck and provide a set of beliefs and values that satisfy him He has been burdened by Widow Douglas to be civilized By representing the worst of white society Hucks father Pap is not a role model for him whatsoever Pap is illiterate uneducated violent and profoundly racist If Huck would have never escaped on his adventure down the Mississippi River with Jim he probably would have never experienced such a dramatic change in moral development Huck a young man who has experienced and survived great obstacles in his young years shapes his beliefs and morals when he undergoes a considerable change in both mind and heart with the help of his runaway slave friend Jim The story beneath the story of this novel is that of Hucks moral development and what he learns about race slavery Southern society and morality Through Hucks adventure the morals he has been able to develop and learn through Jims help relates to my adventure leaving home the first time for college Jims ability to influence Hucks moral development relates to how my father has been my educator has taught me a deep sense of morality and has prepared me to live on my own at college Huck and Jim have a friendship which is transformed through time and trust but always has the reminder that one is white and the other is black This is a major influence on Hucks behavior towards Jim but through the progression of the novel Hucks attitude and respect towards Jim increases considerably after
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