5 March 2014
In the beginning of the novel Huckleberry Finn, Huck was a very immature young boy who did not care about what would happen if he got caught doing something. With having Miss Watson as his caregiver, she tried helping him into the right direction but with Huck’s father Pap, it was a disaster. Once Pap kidnapped Huck, Huck realized he needed to get out quick and once he did he was all by himself. “ I got out amongst the driftwood, and then laid down in bottom of the canoe and let her float” (Twain 35). Huck’s maturity is shown here with confidence because he left his father and he was always afraid to get beaten by Pap. Huck being by himself was the main reason why he matured like he did. Another reason Huck matured through the novel was because of him having Jim as basically his only friend. When Huck says to Tom “Good land! I says, “Why, there ain’t NO necessity for it. And what would you want to saw his leg off for, anyway?” it shows that Huck truly cares about Jim and would care if something happen to him. Another quote that Huck said about Jim was “It hadn’t ever come to me before, what this thing was I was doing. But now it did; and it staid with me, and scorched me more and more. I tried to make out to myself that I warn’t to blame, because I didn’t run Jim off from his rightful owner; but it warn’s no use, conscience up and says, every time, “But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could a paddled ashore and told somebody” (Twain 92). What Huck was trying to say was that even though hiding Jim from people was the wrong thing to do he did not care, he cared more about their friendship which shows maturity. Another quote that relates to this is “all right then, I’ll go to hell- I’m not giving up” (Twain 191). Huck says this after he rights a letter to Miss Watson and rips it up.
Another scene where we see Huck matured is the wrecked steamboat. “…why pap and mam and...
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