Huck Finn Essay

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Huck Finn Essay

In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the theme of growth is used to develop Huck. Huck starts his journey as a boy but, by the end he is a man. Huck grew due to the variety of societies that he lived in, even if only for a short time. There were three societies in which Huck grew, whether for the best or for the worst depends on the situations he is in later on.

The first place where Huck met a different society is when he lived with Ms. Watson and Widow Douglas. When Huck lived with Widow Douglas and Ms. Watson, he was exposed to various things. Through Widow Douglas he was exposed to society, and how it generally works, “The widow rung a bell for supper, 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 down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn't (sic) really anything the matter with them” (Twain 2). Through contact with the School, Huck learned how to read and write, this helped him throughout his experiences with other societies. Huck would escape from Widow Douglas and Ms. Watson to play with Tom Sawyer and his gang of kids, later returning muddy and oily. The next day, Ms. Watson berated Huck about the state of his attire. Causing Huck to listen because he wanted stop her rant he unknowingly caused. but, Huck could only satisfy his fascination with fun and adventure with Tom and his gang. This, in turn, allowed a sense of wanderlust to develop in Huck.

The second society Huck encountered that helped him grow was when his father, Pap Finn, kidnapped him because Huck was getting too ‘civilized’ for his own good. “The widow she found out where I was by and by, and she sent a man over to try to get hold of me; but pap drove him off with the gun, and it warn’t long after that till I was used to being where I was, and I liked it—all but the cowhide part” (Twain 24). This demonstrates that, to some...