The Adventure Of Huckleberry Finn Essay

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Often throughout a person’s life negative and positive influences are infused into one’s mind through friends, and family. In Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the lead character, grows up under the guidance of three different adult views on how a boy should behave. Huck, the lead character, learns helpful and damaging life lessons from the Widow Douglas, Miss Watson, Jim, and pap.
To begin with, the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson are two wealthy sisters who adopt Huck. Thw two sister’s want to teach Huck the importance of religion, manners, and behaving. After staying in the house for a while, Huck realizes that “it [is] rough living in the house all the time”, because the Widow Douglas wants to “sivilize [him]”(Twain, 1). When dinner is ready the widow would call Huck to the table, but before they began eating the widow needs “to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals” (1). Huck knew there was nothing was wrong with the food but because the widow was religious she was trying to instill in Huck that he needs to bless his food and give thanks to God for it. The widow is trying to make religion a part of Huck’s life, which seems to be a negative impact on his life considering the many times Twain portrays religious persons as being gullible. Miss Watson, the more forceful of the two sisters, is adamant about getting huck to behave. To help mold Huck into a person that “go[es] to the good place” also known as heaven, Miss Watson constantly tells him things to do to help him behave such as “don’t put your feet up there” and “set up straight”(2). Besides adopting a religion, and behaving, Hucks appearance needed to be neat and respectable. Although the new clothes made Huck “sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up” it was necessary that he wore them. Huck also asks the widow to allow him to smoke, to his dismay she replies that “it [is] a mean practice and wasn’t clean”(2). The Widow and Miss Watson are able to supply Huck with the positive knowledge of how a respectable town boy lives, which is with religion, manners and pristine behavior.
The next adult that has an impact on Huck’s character is pap, Huck’s ignorant alcoholic father. Areas in life that pap negatively influences Huck in are education, manners, and substance abuse. While living with the widow and Miss Watson, Huck attends school. When Huck’s father arrives in town trying to gain Huck’s money, pap also hears around the city that Huck can read and write. Curious to find out if this news is true, pap asks Huck to read for him. Huck successfully completes a passage from a book, but instead of being exalted by his father, pap says that he will “tan [Huck] good” if he “catch[es] [Huck] about that school”(18). Pap constantly beats Huck for going to school. One day while Huck is coming home from school pap kidnaps him. The two travel to the other side of the Mississippi river to the Illinois shore and take abode in a cabin hidden in the forest....

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