This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Huck's Contradiction In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

1869 words - 7 pages

Huck's Contradiction in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 
    In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck was a boy

who thought very little of himself, but had a huge impact on others.  His

moral standing was based on what is easier, right or wrong.  He lived the

way he wanted to live, and no one told him otherwise.  He had the

adventure of a lifetime, and yet he learned along the way. Although Huck

has certain beliefs about himself, his actions and decisions contradict

these beliefs.

 

      Huck may consider himself lazy, but in reality, he is a very hard

worker.  At one point, Huck wants to get away from his father so he comes

up with a scheme to fake his death and escape from his cabin:  "I out with

my saw and went to work on that log again. I took the sack of corn meal

and took it to where the canoe was hid and shoved the vines and branches

apart and put it in. I had wore the ground a good deal, crawling out of

the hole and dragging out so many things.  So I fixed that as good as I

could from the outside. Then I fixed the piece of log back into its place.

I took the ax and smashed in the door-I beat it and hacked it considerable,

a-doing it.  I fetched the pig.and laid him down on the ground to bleed.

Well, last I pulled out some of my hair, and bloodied the ax good, and

stuck it on the back side, and slung the ax in the corner" (24).  If Huck

were lazy, he would not have gone through all that trouble to escape, if he

escaped at all.  A lazy person would have just stayed there and not worried

about what happened.  At another point in the novel, Huck and a runaway

slave, Jim, are on an island where they think they will not get caught.

Huck decides to go to town to get information dressed as a girl.  "So we

shortened up one of the calico gowns and I turned up my trouser-legs to my

knees and got into it.  I put on the sun-bonnet and tied it under my chin.

I practiced around all day to get the hang of the things, and by-and-by I

could do pretty well in them" (41).  If Huck was even remotely lazy he

would have just stayed on the island and enjoyed the freedom.  His going

to town as a girl shows that he will do anything to get what he wants,

whereas a lazy person would try to take the easy route.  A third time Huck

shows that he is not lazy is when he and two scoundrels, the King and the

Duke, are staying with the daughters of a recently deceased man.  The King

and the Duke are trying to get the dead man's assets by pretending to be

his brothers.  Huck goes through a lot of work to make sure the girls get

to keep their money: "So, thinks I, I'll go search their rooms. So then I

went to his room and begun to paw around there.  But I couldn't do nothing

without a candle, and I dasn't light one.  So I judged I'd got to.lay and

eavesdrop. I had it...

Find Another Essay On Huck's Contradiction in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Symbolism in The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

1228 words - 5 pages given to the characters by the river" (Examining the River in Terms of Symbolism in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"). The river also promotes Huck's maturity. "We actually see Huck grow up having the river as a place for solitude and thought, where he can participate at times and other times sit back and watch" (Examining the River in Terms of Symbolism in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"). One major dilemma Huck contemplates over is

Racism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

755 words - 3 pages was the first American author to use explicit common folk dialect in his writings. Many people think dialect such as that found in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is made up. In truth, Mark Twain's dialect is not haphazard. It is composed of painstakingly accurate Missouri Negro dialect, an extremist form of the backwoods southwestern dialect and ordinary Pike County dialect (Knowledge Adventure 1). An example of Huck's dialect is "The

Morality in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

755 words - 3 pages Morality in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Samuel L. Clemens's, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is told through the eyes of a young man, the narrator and protagonist, Huckleberry Finn. He learns about life and society through the nature of the world. He finds himself in many unpredictable situations, and constantly in different settings. These settings consist of land, the shore of the Mississippi River, or on a small raft

Conflict in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1394 words - 6 pages celebration of American ideals rather than a criticism of American society. While Twain satirizes the absurdity and hypocrisy of some common social institutions, he mainly focuses on Huck himself. Twain's portrayal of Huck's struggles and conflict, even though it is against his own society, and his experiences in living, gaining a better understanding of the world along the way, is what makes Huck Finn a classic American novel.Bibliography:Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: with Connections. Austin: Holt, Rinehart andWinston. Print.

Morality in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

699 words - 3 pages , Twain saw the institution of religion as hypocritical, impractical, and convoluted. Needless to say, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn hold considerable importance in reflecting Mark Twain’s satirical view on the religious society of his time. Mark Twain introduces his satire of religion in the first few chapters of the novel. A major theme of the novel is the hypocrisy and double standards that are evident in the society surrounding Huck. This

Society in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1700 words - 7 pages Society in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Sometimes making a stand for what is right, especially when it is totally against the customary beliefs of your society, is not an easy accomplishment. In the novel Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the main character Huck encounters many situations where there is a question of morality. Considering the traditional protocol of his society, Huck has to choose either what his conscience feels is

Cruelty in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1049 words - 5 pages cruel to one another”(Twain174). Most of the people that Huck and Jim encounter on their journey down the river are inhumane to other people. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain opines that human beings treat their peers with cruelty through seeking attention, greed, and self preservation. Abusive fathers show great cruelty toward their children. Pap is heartless toward Huck even though he is his son. He is very greedy and isn’t worried

Racism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1437 words - 6 pages In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, events throughout the novel suggest that Huck is a racist to Jim, Miss Watson’s runaway slave, whether he knows it or not. Despite the fact that Huck travels with Jim, he does not care about freeing Jim from slavery. As a result, Twain’s purpose is more focused on the adventures Huck and Jim experience rather than freeing Jim. Throughout the novel, Huck travels with Jim although he never has a plan

Racism in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

785 words - 3 pages A person’s looks can not determine how they feel about a certain race of people. Some of the nicest looking peoples harbor deep feelings of hatred towards races other than their own. Characters like Aunt sally, Uncle Earl, and Miss Watson all seem like very nice people, but they all accept and participate in, whether they realize it or not, racism. Almost all of the characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain seem to have

Slavery in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1540 words - 7 pages freedom. For the remaining half, slaves were segregated and looked down upon, hindering their mental freedom. Throughout Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, two captives take a journey in order to free themselves, one for mental freedom, and the other, physical. The first, Huck, is a young boy attempting to break free of his upbringing as well as the oppressive caretaking of his guardian Miss Watson and his dad, Pap. The other, Jim, is

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

975 words - 4 pages The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a classic American novel. In the novel, Twain develops the plot into Huck and Jim's adventures allowing them to weave in his criticism of society. The two main characters, Huck and Jim, both run from social injustice and both are distrustful of the civilization around them. Huck is considered an uneducated boy. He is constantly under pressure to adjust to the "humanized" surroundings of society

Similar Essays

Huck's Metamorphosis In "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn"

1006 words - 4 pages In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the main character Huck Finn goes through many moral changes. At the beginning, Huck is wild and carefree, playing jokes and being a guileful little fellow. When Huck's adventures grow to involve more people and new moral questions never before thought of, you can tell that Huck has started to change. By the time the story is almost over, most everyone can see a dramatic change in his view on "right and

Huck's Battle With Conscience In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

1674 words - 7 pages Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Bantam Dell, 1981. Yates, Norris W. "The 'Counter-Conversion' of Huckleberry Finn," American Literature 32, no. 1 (March 1960): pp. 1–4. Quoted as "Huck's Struggle with Conscience" in Harold Bloom, ed. Mark Twain, Bloom's Major Novelists. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 1999. (Updated 2007.) Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 14 May 2014

Huck's Ability To Survive. Speaks Of The Character Huckleberry Finn, In Mark Twain's Novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

1264 words - 5 pages In literature, authors have created characters thathave traits that contributes to their survival in society.The qualities of shredders, adaptability, and basic humankindness enables the character Huckleberry Finn, in MarkTwain's novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn tosurvive in his environment. The purpose of this paper isto depict the importance of these traits or qualities tohis survival.Huckleberry Finn is able to confront

Huck's Conflicted Nature In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

1471 words - 6 pages Huck's Conflicted Nature in Mark Twain’s The Adventures Of Huck Finn Continuing what he had started in the first eleven chapters, Twain further develops Huck Finn's character through a series of events where Huck's decisions indicate his moral struggle. Adventures shows the dynamic movement of Huck's internal difficulty, illustrating his conflicted nature. As juxtaposition to the fantasy of Tom Sawyer's gang, Huck encounters real