Little American Hero Essay

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Essay KingAmerican LitanyMrs. Director2/3/05Little American HeroAuthors have used American heroes through literature to spread their ideas to society. In the novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain a 12 year old boy puts the American in American hero. Huck Finn possesses the three main characteristics of an American hero. Huck is brave, ingenious, and loyal. These qualities help Huck through his adventures through a series of spectacular events.Huck is very brave for being just 12 years of age. He shows his bravery in many instances. One of his bravest moments though is in chapter 9 "The house of death floats by." A house is floating by down the river. Huck and Jim board to see if they could get supplies. Boarding a floating house is dangerous and brave. "Another night when we was up at the head of the island, just before daylight, here comes a frame-house down, on the west side. She was a two-story, and tilted over considerable. We paddled out and got aboard-climb in at an up-stairs window." His second bravest moment was in chapter 13 "Honest Loot from the "Walter Scott."." Jim being scared was ready to go but Huck kept his head showed bravery and pressed on looking for the thieves' boat to escape. "Jim said he didn't believe he could go any father-so scared he hadn't hardly any strength left, he said. But I said, come one, if we get left on this wreck were are in a fix, sure." Two instances where Huck shows bravery but being brave aren't all that makes an American hero. American heroes are also ingenious.Ingenuity is another quality that Huck has. He has many great ideas through out the novel. He is quick on his feet and can come up with a good story on the spot. He first shows his ingenuity when he escapes from the house while Pap was gone. He timed it perfectly as to not run into Pap. "Nine logs was enough for one time; he must shove right over to town and sell. So he locked me in and took the skiff, and started off towing the raft about half past three. I judged he wouldn't come back that night. I waited till I reckoned he had got a good start; then out with my saw, and went to work on that log again." He used a kind of dull saw to carve a hole in the floor and timed his escape till right after Pap left for town. His second ingenious moment was when he takes Peter Wilks money and hides it in his coffin for his nieces to find. This incident was timed so perfectly because the Duke and Daulphin came back in and he had to hid while they talked. Still though Huck was ingenious to hide it in the coffin. "I run in the parlor and took a swift...

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