Mark Twain uses people’s characteristics from his childhood and creates characters that make up the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Throughout Twain’s childhood, he meets different types of people; whether if they are good, evil, or even poor. Twain uses these characteristics and personalities to create a character that symbolizes different people in his life. The characters and the settings in the novel have a significant impact on Twain because they portrays Twain’s childhood and his lifestyle. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses the symbols Huck Finn, Jim, and St. Petersburg to convey hidden meanings.
In the character Huck Finn, Mark Twain uses this character to symbolize his childhood friend, Tom Blackenship. Blackenship is four years older than Twain and Mark Twain described Huck exactly like Tom. According to Magill, just like the character Huck Finn, Tom was described as “ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed, but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had” (Wilson 19). This quote demonstrates that Huck portrays Blackenship in real life because in the novel, Huck is ignorant at times but he still cares for other people. In the novel, Twain writes, “I set down again, a- shaking all over, and got out my pipe for a smoke; for the house was all as still as death now, and so the widow wouldn’t know” (Brownell 1-2). Twain demonstrates to the readers that Huck feels terrible for killing a spider. This shows that Huck has a deep and affectionate for life.
The character Jim in the novel portrays Uncle Daniel in real life. Uncle Daniel is an African American who lived on Twain’s Uncle’s farm in Florida, Missouri. Jim in the novel is Huck’s best friend and he is also like a father figure to Huck. Like DeKoster describes, Jim portrays an entire race that is suffered by the pain and consequences of the hand of the dominant white society. The world wants to train Huck to be just another ‘cog’ in the... [continues]
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