The Road to Maturity

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Natalie Bell
Mrs. Myers
AP English
2 December 2010
The Road to Maturity
“I stood there a-looking at him; he set there a-looking at me, with his chair tilted back a little. I set the candle down. I noticed the window was up; so he had clumb in by the shed. He kept a-looking me all over” (p28). Throughout a people’s life, there are many individuals that make, shape and influence them into who they will become in the end. Whether it is a parent, a guardian, a teacher, a boss, or friend, those people are influential. In the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, the conflict and struggles Huck faces with the adults in the novel spurs on his development of self-awareness and maturity.

First of all, at the start of the book, Huck is influenced by Miss Watson. She attempts to “civilize” Huck. “She put me in new clothes again, and I couldn’t do nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up” (p11-12). The clothes symbolize a sense of imprisonment for Huck. He is so used to being in rags that are loose on him, that when Miss Watson cleans him up and dresses him in nicer, tighter fitting clothes, he does not feel like himself. “After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers...” Miss Watson is a very religious woman and believes that it is beneficial to Huck that he learn all that he can about religion. There is also hope that he will change from a wild child to a respectable young man. Huck is apposed to his old ways of being a rebel and doing what he wants, but at the same time he wants to become a respectable young man. Part of him does not like being told what to do, what to wear, and what he should know, but a part of him likes having the attention. He was abandoned by his father, something that most children do not deal well with. So the fact that Miss Watson is taking time to try and fix his faults and care for him make Huck feel wanted by someone.

Secondly, Huck’s father is a very important part...
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