Developmental Changes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
In the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, the
protagonist, Huck, undergoes a series of developmental changes in his character.
He is often torn between the ideas of society and those of his friends. This
can all be very confusing for a boy who is about 14 years old. Huck also has a
drunken pap who doesn't care at all for him. Huck is then forced to live with
Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. Throughout the story we see Huck represent the
morals of the innocent prevailing over those of society. In his "adventures,"
he learns the meaning of true friendship and what's really important in life.
In the story, Huck makes the decision to escape from his "family." This is
a decision that goes against the morals of Huck's society, church and state.
Children aren't supposed to run away from their parents. Also, his decision to
help Jim escape goes against the same morals. In his "adventurous" escape down
the Mississippi, he begins to feel truly free. This is a feeling that is
contrasted acutely of society's "oppression" of freedom, basically when he is on
land. In Jim's and Huck's escape, they are able to build their trust and
friendship for each other. However, at the same time he must leave behind
societies ways... getting "sivilized, money, and "family."
Along Jim's and Huck's "adventure," they have many conversations along the
way. These conversations consist about their freedom, money, and superstition.
In the story, they both have their own opinions about various things, like
"'Well, but he was the wisest man, anyway; because the widow she told
me so, her own self."
"I doan' k'yer what de widder say, he warn't no wise man nuther. He
has some er de dad-fetchedes' ways I ever see. Does you know 'bout dat
dat he 'uz gwyne to chop in two?"
"Yes, the widow told me all about it."
"Well, den! Warn' dat de beatenes' notion in de worl'? You jus' take
en look at it a minute. Dah's de stump, dah-dat's one er de women! heah's
you-dat's de yuther one; I's Sollermun; en dish yer dollar bill's
de chile. Bofe un you claims it. What does I do? Does I shin
aroun' mongs' de neighbors en fine out which un you de bill do b'long to, en
han' it over to de right one, all safe en soun, de way dat anybody
dat had any gumption would? No; I take en whack de bill in two, en
give half it to you, en de yuther to de yuther women. Dat's de way
Sollermum was gwyne to do wid de chile. Now I want to ast you; what's de use er
dat half a billl?-can't buy noth'n wid it. En what use is a half a chile? I
wouldn' give a...