Innocence and Experience
People grow more every day. Children pass through adolescence into adulthood, and even adults grow to be wiser and more “seasoned” individuals as years pass. A twenty-five year old, though also an adult, is drastically different than a seventy-five year old. All of these changes, however, have a few common factors: experience, wisdom gained, and outside influence. Samuel Clemens uses his title character Huck Finn to display this naturalistic outlook by demonstrating his growth within the period of being at the Wilks plantation. His encounters with characters like the duke, the dauphin, and the Wilks sisters play a significant role in Huck’s progression in maturity.
As Huck continues to transition throughout the novel from a young boy who plays pretend with his schoolyard friends to an emerging teenager who begins to notice the world (ahem, women in particular), he begins to take on new, more mature qualities as well as keeping those from his younger years (Chapters 2 & 18). Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, believes that “we need to be childish in order to understand…[because] only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see” (Dirk Gently’s…). While spending time with the duke and the dauphin who are posing as Peter Wilks’s brothers, Huck notices how damn sneaky and devious they are. He feels that their behavior in mimicking a “deef and dumb person” and his piteous brother are “enough to make a body ashamed of the human race” (Clemens 191). Huck’s resentment toward the way they act shows that rather than justifying their ways with the possibility of eventual gain, his morals stay true and make him see the corruption of their behavior. Their disregard for the audacity of the way they act shows their callousness.
In chapter twenty-five when the duke and...
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