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Huckleberry Finn And The Devilish Society

1196 words - 5 pages

At the start of the book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain” Huck is an ordinary southern teenager who enjoys pranks, hates school and dislikes any type of authority. Early in the story he and his friend Tom found treasure worth thousands of dollars which he splits with his friend and has a judge distribute to him daily ($ 1 a day). With his new acquired wealth he is adopted by a widow who promises to have Huck as her adoptive son since his mother died during his birth and his father is a drunk who disappears for a long periods of time. With her new adoptive mother is her slave Jim whom she purchased and separated from his family. After a long period of time and several events including Huck’s father returning and beating him and almost killing him, he decides to run away and fake his death. He lands on an island where Jim just so happens to be as well since he escaped from the widow Watson and landed there on a raft as well. Huck and Jim decide to go off and run away with each other, something extremely forbidden since Huck lives in a time where if a white man should see a runaway slave they should return them to their owners, something very contradictory since in the south religion if very important but yet they own slaves. This move is among the many that Huck does that would make him viewed from our point of view in our present time as a protagonist. Doing deeds such as these were against the law in the south around that time, making society the antagonist because of how it defies the word of GOD of how every man in born equal to one and another. Throughout his adventure Huck really express his protagonist self while society shows some of its worst antagonist traits with the treatment of slaves and each other.
Huck is described as the protagonist in the book and he clearly shows that he is one through his actions. Although he doesn’t always show the best behavior that protagonist usually display, the important thing is that he does what is right when it counts. For example when Huck and Jim are floating down the river in a thick fog when they come across another set of people on the river and ask who is the man in the other boat, Huck could have simply said it was a runaway slave and avoided the chance of trouble he could have been out in for helping a run away, but instead said it was his sick father to help Jim his friend. He knew helping Jim would have him severely punished by being jailed, beaten or even death for aiding a slave escape their master. Huck did this not once, but twice when the two con artists he met the King and the Duke betrayed them and sold Jim instead of helping like they said they would. Huck decided that he would go and find who bought Jim and help get him back even if it meant that he would go to hell for helping a slave(society at that point taught their children that helping slaves would end in going to hell when your death arrived) .
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