Huck A Model Character? Essay

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Is Huck a model character? When one thinks of the qualities of a hero, being brave, caring, giving, respectful and responsible may come to mind. When one thinks of Huck Finn, however, these qualities do not always seem apparent. So Huck does not appear to fit the heroic mold. Huck is a mischievous boy who does not have a formal upbringing and is free to do what he wants. Huck has no quality life at home. His father named Pap, is a drunk who does not give any support to Huck. Huck absorbs all of his knowledge through his own experiences. Huck had to acquire all of his personal traits and values by himself and with no discipline. After reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, one can see the personality of Huck is more deeply examined and he is found to be very adaptable and resourceful, loyal to friends and sensitive to others.Huck proves himself to be a very adaptable and resourceful person in the ways he deals with difficult situations and creatively solves problems. Huck, in the beginning, is living with the Widow Douglas where he learns to deal with being clean, taking baths and using proper etiquette. "I liked the old ways best, but I was getting so I liked the new ones, too, a little bit" (Twain16). Huck was able to fit into each new situation so easily that when his father kidnapped him, he fell right back into his old ways. ""¦and it warn't long after that till I was used to being where I was, and liked it, all but the cowhide part." and, "I didn't want to go home no more" (25). Even though Huck liked the roughness of staying with Pap, he could not stay with him because his father beat him. "I made up my mind I would fix some way to leave there" (25). After spending much time in Pap's cabin, trying to think of a way out, Huck found a saw that led to the formation of his plan to escape. "I found an old rusty wood-saw without any handle; it was laid in between a rafter and the clapboards of the roof. I greased it up and went to work" (26). After cutting a hole for his escape in the cabin, Huck planned to make it look like he had been killed. Huck put pig's blood in the cabin, placed some of his hair by the ax used to kill the pig and hauled rocks to make it look like a body had been dragged, all in order to make it look like there was a struggle. When Pap saw this, he thought Huck had been killed, just like Huck planned. Another time Huck used his skills, was when he found out that Mr. Loftus was searching for a runaway slave and gathered that it was Jim. Mr. Loftus overheard another man who said he saw smoke coming from the island, and Mr. Loftus realized that if a person were to run away, that the island would be a good place to hide because it was very secluded. Huck went back to the island to warn Jim, but first he lit a fire to distract Mr. Loftus. "But I shoved right into the timber where my old camp used to be, and started a good fire there on a high-and-dry spot" (68). Huck realized that if he were to light a...

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