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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is on the surface a rather childlike book It explains the adventures of a young man all the things he does all the dangerous situations he is in all the things he sees The book is not usually taken for more than an adventure novel Not many people especially teenagers take the time to really understand the meaning behind the book Mark Twain not only entertained the reader but he also emphasized some key points in a boys life Those key points or themes are what will be discussed throughout the course of this paper The main theme in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the theme of passage At a certain point in every boys life he goes through a rite of passage into adulthood In this novel Huck went through a rite of passage Widow Douglass tried her best to sivilize Huck She was unsuccessful and couldnt figure what to do The boy just would not listen The problem was that Huck was not quite finished being a child yet A child will often do the opposite of what his guardian tells him to do Widow Douglass told Huck to go to school and tried to teach him manners Huck defied Huck wasnt going to become an adult until he was good and ready and by the end of the novel he is still not quite ready however he is a few steps closer Huck begins to mature the day his father returned to town He asked the judge to hold his money for him and he began going to school all the time That the first sign that he is growing up After his Pap kidnaps him he resorts back to his childish ways for a little while but realizes soon enough that he is in an unsafe environment and that he must escape Hucks rite of passage really begins when his journey
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