Character Analysis: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Best Intentions?

Can people's best intentions be good enough for you? Is right for people to try to chose your path for you? In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, the main character Huck goes through a long journey, using his experience to mature and grow as a person. Huck travels with the African American former slave Jim all over the Mississippi river in hope to get to a anti-slavery state, but they go through a lot of problems heading the wrong way and deeper into the southern states. Throughout the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there are characters who have the best intention to help Huck but it is not the best thing for him. The widow tries to “sivilize” Huck, the new judge tries to improve Pap's moral condition to better him for Huck, and the Phelps family tells Huck to “do the right thing” and return Jim to his owners.

There are characters who have the best intentions for Huck but they are not the best thing for him. The widow wants to “sivilize” Huck, and she wants to teach him manners under a very religious view. Huck says, “The widow rung a bell for super, and you had to come to time. When you got to the table you couldn't go right to eating, but you had to wait for the widow to tuck her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn't really anything the matter with them” (p.1-2). The widow makes Huck come on time to eat supper and he has to wait after she says grace for the food they are about to eat. The widow tries to make Huck let go of bad habits, so he can fit into civilization. Huck says, “Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn't. She said it was a mean practice and wasn't clean, and I must try to not do it anymore” (p. 2). The widow tells Huck that he shouldn't smoke anymore because its a bad thing. The widow tries to “sivilize” Huck in a religious way and also by telling what is wrong and right.

There are characters in the novel who...
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