Huck As Hero Essay

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In all books, long as well as short, there is a character that stands above the rest. This character must demonstrate high moral character and set an example for the rest of the novels cast. Another name for this super being, is a hero, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities (Webster). In Twains novel, Huckleberry Finn, it is evident that Huck is the hero of the novel. Throughout this book, Huck demonstrates the epitome of heroism, for the attitude that he posses, as well as his actions and willingness to change.
     Huck can be called a hero for a great number or reasons throughout the book. In every chapter we notice little things that point in the favor of Huck being one. Huck does things that only one with good morals and a good heart would condone. Huck was brought from a abusive family and it did not hold him back. Huck expresses himself as a true transindentalist, he tries to break from the corruption of society and conformity. By the way he cares for poor Jim he shows the highest mindset in Twain’s novel. Huck is the only one who can put the fact of racial times and culture behind him. Although exposed too the greatest amount of corruption, Huck is the purest character in the book.
     From the beginning of the novel, one can observe the inner strength of young Huck. Huck was a “beaten and bruised” child, coming from a family where the only guidance that the boy had was from his drunken Pap (Dynos 13). Due to a lack of leadership to follow in, Huck was forced to raise himself. It takes a strong character to raise oneself (18), and Huck did one hell of a job doing it. Children gain much of who they are from how they were brought up, during this critical period children can be made or broken. Huck is the exception, he had nobody to look up to or imitate, instead he did as what he felt the right thing to do. Huck didn’t know everything there was to learn, but he did try. If he did not know what or why something happens, he created a logical explanation and that was that. For example, we can see Huck’s superstition throughout the book, he uses this because of one reason, it works for him. If the shoe fits, then by god, wear it.
     Many people easily fall into corrupt things, such as conformity. One can test the strength of a mind by observing its ability to retain pureness. Huck is exposed to many evil ideas and ways of living. Although it seems to the reader that he has fallen into these ideas, Huck proves everyone wrong. When Huck lives with the widow, he is not allowed to swear, the widow is trying to straighten Huck out and this is one thing that must go. As one would think, being in a household where profanity was abolished would create clean language for Huck. As we see in chapter six, “I had stopped cussing because the widow didn’t like it, but now I took to it again, because Pap hadn’t no objection”(Twain 75), Huck does not conform to...

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