Huck Finn Character Analysys

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Huck Finn Character Analysis
The fictional literary character that I have chosen to analyze is Huckleberry Finn (Huck for short) from the book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Huck is a thirteen year old boy who comes from a poor background and has been raised up to this point, by his uneducated, uncivilized, drunkard father. The story takes place in Illinois during pre civil war times. Widow Douglas and Miss Watson have taken him in and are attempting to civilize him. In this analysis I will discuss the characteristics that make up Huck’s personality. Huck Finn is superstitious, gullible, shrewd, industrious, compassionate, reasonable, logical, adventurous, intelligent and easy going.

The first thing that is obvious in the book about Huck is that he is superstitious. In the first chapter in the book he accidentally kills the spider and is frightened because he believes that killing a spider brings bad luck. He attempts to do some things to ward off the bad luck, but he believes the bad luck will still come. There are also other incidents involving bad luck. Three examples are when he spills salt on the table and attempts to throw salt over his shoulder to ward off bad luck, but the Widow stops him. He also, later in the book, attempts to scare Jim by putting a dead rattlesnake by him while he is sleeping. Unfortunately, this causes Jim to get bitten by a live rattlesnake, and Huck infers that it happened because of him handling snake skin. So, Huck and Jim both are sure something bad is going to happen to them later because Jim being bitten by the snake and getting sick wasn’t the worst of it. Finally, at one point in the story Jim is telling Huck about a variety of superstitions.

The second thing about him that I notice is that Huck is gullible. I think this natural since Huck is just a thirteen year old boy. He is willing to believe anything, especially from his friend Tom. At the beginning of the book Huck runs away because he just...
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