Huckleberry Finn

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Fathers are an important aspect of every person's life and have a great influence their children. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel by Mark Twain, Huck in a way has two fathers. While Pap Finn is Huck's real father, Jim also becomes a father figure to Huck because Jim is Pap's foil. He becomes what Pap is unable to be by protecting him and teaching him right from wrong. While Pap Finn and Jim both become fathers to Huck, they influence Huck in many different ways. Pap lets Huck get away with bad habits and Huck had even stopped cursing, but now he "took to it again because pap hadn't no objections" (34). When Pap first finds out Huck goes to school, he says, "you drop that school you hear? I'll learn people to bring up a boy to put on airs over his own father and let on to be better'n what he is" (29). Pap thwarts Huck from getting ahead in life, just because he can't read or write himself. Pap also wastes much of his life and money on alcohol. When Pap hears that Huck has six thousand dollars, he immediately finds Huck to get it from him. When Pap threatens to beat Huck, he "borrowed three dollars from Judge Thatcher, and pap took it and got drunk" (31). He also teaches Huck things like stealing, and says to "take a chicken when you have a chance" and that it isn't "no harm to borrow things, if you was meaning to pay them back, sometime" (76). Jim however is very genuine and honest. When Huck and Jim separate from each other in the fog, Jim becomes terrified, but when he finds Huck next to him safe he is very happy and grateful. However when Huck starts to play a trick on him saying he was there the whole time he says "trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren's en makes ‘em ashamed" (98). Huck then feels very guilty and apologizes. Jim teaches him right from wrong, and Huck knows now not to hurt people's feelings. Jim, unlike Pap, values his family as well. Jim is always "thinking about his wife and his children…and he was low...
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