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An Analysis of the Growth and Development of Huck in Mark Twain's Novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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The Growth and Development of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a coming-of-age novel about an adolescent boy named Huckleberry Finn In the novel Huckleberry learns many of lifes lessons helping him grow and mature In the beginning of the novel Huck fakes his own death in order to escape his abusive and alcoholic father Pap as Huck calls him had kidnapped Huck from his caretaker the Widow Douglas who tried to sivilize him Through his elaborately staged death Huck floats down the Mississippi River on an abandoned canoe he found near the shore Stopping on Jackson Island he comes across a runaway slave named Jim Jim like Huckleberry had escaped for his own freedom Huck wanted freedom from society and Jim wanted freedom from his owner Miss Watson Throughout the novel Huck Finn becomes more self-reliant and mature he begins to understand the evil in slavery and he realizes that he must follow his own conscience From the very beginning of the novel Huck without a doubt stated that he did not want to conform to society The Widow Douglas took me for her son and allowed she would sivilize me I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again and was free and satisfied Twain 2 Through this quote Huck shows his desire to be free and live the way he pleases Miss Watson lives with Huck and the Widow Douglas and she is always picking at him trying to make him become conventional Dont put your feet up there Huckleberry and Dont scrunch up like that Huckleberry-set up straight and pretty soon she would say Dont gap and stretch like that Huckleberry-why dont you try to behave Twain 2 This quote gives the reader the feeling that Huck tries to do things he knows will annoy Miss Watson He seems to want to live a life free of complications and be an
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