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Huck Finn The Heros Journey Joseph Campbell describes a heros journey as a cycle where the person is a hero from birth This holds true for the character of Huck Finn because he fits the description of a hero in the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn There are different parts of the heros journey that can be applied to Huck such as the first stage which is known as the Innocent World of Childhood A stage further on in the journey is the Initiation while the last stage is known as the Freedom to Live All three of the stages can be used to describe a specific time in Hucks life The Innocent World of Childhood is a starting point for many heroes This is the time span in a heros life prior to the unexpected adventure he is to embark on Hucks childhood consisted of childish games with his best friend Tom Sawyer Hucks days were filled with games of pretend that were supposed to be actual adventures However many of the adventures were figments of Tom Sawyers imagination This is important to know since Toms description of an adventure is something that is not real and everything Tom reads contributes to the adventures him and Huck have Hucks adventures though are ones that are unforeseen and are probably are the more real ones in the book Hucks schooling with the widow and Miss Watson are another element of his innocent childhood He experienced what he called the sivilized life He was fed wore clean clothes and was well taken care of For a boy who lived for adventures and everything nature had to offer the civilized life did not appeal to him As much as he appreciated what the widow and Miss Watson were trying to do he still has his doubts on what they say It is in Hucks character to believe everything he first hears and then
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