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The Learning Experience Of Huck Funn In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a story of a boy, Huck Finn, who runs away from home and travels down the Mississippi River with a “runaway nigger” named Jim. Huck’s father, Pap, is a drunken low life who doesn’t seem to care for his son. He comes from a poor, troubled family and isn’t very educated which is something he seems to embrace. “Huck Finn runs away not only from an abusive father but also from his good-intentioned guardian, Miss Watson, who tries to civilize Huck, educate him, and make him a Christian” (Sienkewicz). Whether he knows it or not his journey down the river isn’t just an escape, it is a learning experience. Huck learns a few life lessons from ...view middle of the document...

His conscience was telling him he was wrong for helping Jim run away to his freedom but he realized that Jim was the best friend he had and that he would feel bad no matter what decision he made (Twain 87). His whole life has been taught that “niggers” are property and are not meant to be free but In his heart he knew helping Jim was the right thing to do, no matter what anybody else says. “both Huck and Jim are depicted as characters who are capable of learning from their own mistakes, empathizing with others, and acting on the behalf of others” (Evans). As the journey down the river continues they run into two con men. These men pretend to be the Wilks brothers in order to rob this family of all of their possessions. Huck couldn’t see them do this poor family wrong. He spends some time really contemplating telling one of the girls, Mary Jane, the truth about these liars (Twain 175). He knows inside that it is the right thing to do but he doesn’t want to put himself at risk. He plans out every little detail of how he is going to tell her and how he is going to expose these men (Twain 175-178). His actions result from his sympathy for others and his conscience and show major growth as the story continues.
True friendship is something you didn’t see very often back then between a little white boy and a grown black man. True friends care and only wish the best for each other. One foggy night Huck and Jim got separated. Huck found the raft again with Jim on it sleeping. He wakes him up and Jim was so happy to see him because he was so worried and thought he was dead (Twain 83). Huck tries to play a trick on Jim and tell him he was only dreaming. Jim was upset because he knew Huck was just trying to make a fool of him. “When I got all wore out wid work, en wid de callin' for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos' broke bekase you was los', en I didn' k'yer no' mo' what become er me en de raf. En when I wake up en fine you back ag'in, all safe en soun', de tears come, en I could 'a' got down on my knees en kiss yo foot, I's so thankful. En all you wuz thinkin' 'bout was how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lie” (Twain 85). Huck felt really bad and apologized. “I wouldn’t done that one if I'd 'a' it would make him feel that way” (Twain 86). At that moment he promised to never play a trick on Jim again. Another night on the river Huck and Jim were just moving along when their raft got run over and destroyed by a steamboat, causing them to jump overboard. They both started swimming down the river but got separated. Huck finds the Grangerford’s home who then took him in. Later, while in the woods, he runs into Jim in a little patch. “[Jim] nearly cried he was so glad” (Twain 111). Jim worried about him after the wreck but saw him go towards the house. He was scared of the dogs so he stayed back. He ran into a couple more “niggers” who helped him and took him back to the woods to stay safe. They informed of Huck’s well being so Jim wouldn’t...

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