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Evolving Huck In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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When a child is born it’s actions and morals are solely based on the environment it’s parents set for it. The child is unable to move, eat, learn and speak without the guidance of an individual. However as the child progresses in life it starts breaking away from the environment that is set for them and engage themselves in the environment of their choice. The child starts to develop it’s own morals and an identity for themselves overtime, similar to Huck Finn. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a story about a 13 year old boy who heads out on a journey through the Mississippi River with a black runaway slave, Jim. Through the trials they went through during the adventure, it opened up a new sense of understanding for the world. Twain manipulates Huck to be an evolving character in the novel supported by his changes in maturity and morals.
Huck Finn exemplifies the epitome of an immature character in the beginning of the novel. Huck exhibits this archetype through his childish acts and ignorance. For example when Huck asked Miss. Watson if he could go smoke a cigarette and Miss. Watson told him about how bad smoking was, Huck’s response was, “They get down on one thing when they don't know nothing about it,” (Twain 2). This exhibits Huck’s stubbornness and ignorance that many children have throughout life. He believes as if whatever he does is right and whatever anyone else says is wrong. Also displaying Huck’s ignorance in a sense that he is not willing to listen to what Miss. Watson has to say about this because she simply does not know as much about them as he does. He believes himself to be more superior and intelligent than her, which in itself displays a sense of immaturity. Another prototype of this is made prominent when Huck plays a prank on Jim by leaving a dead snake in Jim’s bed and then Jim gets bitten by another snake Huck responds to this as, "That all comes of my being such a fool as to not remember that wherever you leave a dead snake its mate always comes there and curls around it," (Twain 40). This childish act clearly displays Huck’s stupidity and immaturity as a child. Huck took the prank one step to far and Jim ended up getting hurt but Huck’s immaturity. If Huck were to be mature he would’ve been able to think it out and differentiate between what is right to do and what is wrong to do, but he failed to do so. However Huck learns from this incident that jokes have limits and they are not always appropriate to follow out. This also exemplifies Huck’s change in his morals throughout the book.
Along with immaturity, Huck’s morals also depict a sense of immaturity. An exemplification of this was when Huck lies to Jim about where he went because he thought of Jim as a fool. Jim had gotten very upset by the discovery of Huck’s deception, so then Huck’s response to this was, “It was fifteen minutes before I could humble myself to a nigga,” (Twain 18). This depicts Huck’s morals of thinking...

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