Huckleberry Finn Analysis (First Couple of Chapters)

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A little bit of dirt never hurt anyone.
A major theme that stuck out to me in the reading was the tension of the relationship between Huckleberry Finn and his father. As stated in the book, his father seems to always be drunk and is also not very educated, and he has been out of the picture for most of Huck’s life. Huck is afraid of his dad, not only because he beats his, but also because since he has not really been around, he does not exactly know him very well. He does not actually know his father. There is tension between Huck and his father because when Huck finds him I his room, he brings up how Huckleberry is getting an education, and goes on about how wrong it is and tells him that he is a bad son. There is no reason that Huck should not receive a proper education. The truth is that there is nothing wrong with Huck being educated. It is actually better that he has an education so that he can be successful when he is older. He is a young boy and is at the age to where he needs to start figuring out what he wants to do with his life, rather than do basically nothing with his life like his father.

“The widow she cried over me…and the things go better.” The third paragraph on the first page is Huck talking about his relationship with his guardian, Widow Douglas. She is important in his life because she takes care of Huck; it seems as though she is trying to protect him from his father. She knows that if his father gets custody of him, then he will no longer be under her care. She provides him with everything that he needs; she provides him with clothes, shelter, and an education. Huck knows that she is trying to do the best for him, but he really yearns for the ability to go back to his normal life and do what he wants to do: explore with Tom Sawyer and wear his own dirty clothes…be a little boy. Huck’s father, however, from lack of education, thinks that it is not good that he is receiving an education. He is afraid that his son will become smarter...
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