Huckleberry Finn has relationships with many people and things throughout his travels traversing the river. One of Huck’s main relationships is with his father, Pap. Pap is depicted as rather a contemptible character. There are some things about his father that Huck likes; there are many things he hates about him. Because Huck despises the presence of civility in society, he respects Pap’s hatred for civility . As well, Huck dislikes the way Pap takes advantage of him, Pap’s drinking and the beatings he receives
Huck doesn’t have a deep, concrete relationship with his father, but what they do have is very important conflict in the book. Pap is not around for most of Huck’s life, only reappearing every once and a while. When he does reappear, he is always drunk. At one point, the town’s people think he is dead because they believe they found him drowned on the river; but Huck finds out that Pap is very much alive, when he appears in Huck’s room. After an initial fear, Huck doesn’t seem too excited that his father has come back to town because he knows that Pap will try to swindle him out of his six thousand
dollars. From this point in the book, Pap is a threat to Huck.
Huck likes the fact that Pap hates civility just as much as he does, creating a common ground. When Pap takes Huck away to the cabin, Huck doesn’t mind it at first. He says, “It was kind of lazy and jolly, laying off comfortable all day, smoking and fishing, and no books nor study.” (32) He likes being kidnapped because he doesn’t have to deal with studying or books, he enjoys the freedom he has. Although a threat, Huck enjoys certain aspects of his father.
Huck realizes he doesn’t want to go back to live with the Widow Douglas. When Pap tells Huck that Widow Douglas might be legally adopting him, he replies, “This shook me up considerable,... [continues]
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