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Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn describes a young boy torn between what he feels for his country and what society expects of him and what his heart tells him is right Huck Finn faces many situations forcing him to deal with decisions that carry with them the ability to bring about change Huck begins searching for an identity which is truly his own In determining his self image Huck deals with conforming to the social norms and freedom trying on different identities that do not belong to him and shaping these new found tributes into an identity which best suits his conscience Throughout the book Huck rejects sivilized life because he has no reason for it All that civilization has brought for him was bad things He meets many people and they all try to influence him to change his ways to what they see is right Pretty soon he does not want to deal with any of it and just wants to live a life of adventure and funThe novel begins with Huck under the care of Widow Douglas as she took me for her son and allowed that she would civilize me but it was rough living in the house all the time p 11 Huck has become so used to being free that he sees the Widow Douglas protection solely in terms of confinement He finds this impossible because he loses his freedom amongst the bars and shackles of civilization Huck feels that he belongs out under the stars where the community cannot tell him what to do His drunken and often missing father has never paid much attention to him his mother is dead and so when the novel begins Huck is not used to following any rules At the beginning of the book Huck is living with the Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson Both women are fairly old and are really incapable
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