top-rated free essay

Huck Finn

By allikat1217 May 06, 2013 623 Words
perAllison Lemack
Mrs. Brewer
American Lit.
1 March, 2013
A Nonconformist Narrator
Huck Finn was a misfit boy, caught in a very racial society. Society had morphed his brain into thinking that he was better than the slaves. After Pap mishandled Huck as an innocent child, his longevity will materially and intellectually be scared. A Father should be a mentor to those who are younger than them, yet Pap is the complete opposite of what anyone should look up to. According to dictionary.com, the word reliable means to be, “that [one] may be relied on; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honesty”(Dictionary). The Adventurous of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain the author, has an interesting way of writing. Mark Twain uses a literary device that can make an unreliable narrator. Twain makes Huck sound like an unreliable narrator because his writing is very interesting which builds tension for the reader. An example of when Twain built tension was when he introduced a duke and king, who were con men. When Jim and Huck ran across the two men, Huck never knew they were con men. It was evident to the reader that the men were con men because their description fit one of a con man today. We cannot always believe and trust what Huck says because Twain manipulates between how the story can be portrayed and who the narrator Huck, truly is.

If The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn could be told from another characters perspective, the story would drastically change. As the reader, we go on all the adventures with Huck himself. We are able to read throughout the book and feel the fears and able to understand his personal thoughts. Being able to understand Huck’s personal thoughts, gave the reader personal assurance with Huck. Jim was Huck’s faithful companion along their journey down the Mississippi river. Even though society taught Huck that the white people were better than black slaves. Jim was a run away slave who ran into Huck on the river after he had escaped from Pap at the cabin. If the story could be told through Jim’s point of view, it would be completely opposite. We would not be able to have a personal connection and the story would not feel life like with Jim, how it is with Huck. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is told through a thirteen-year-old southern boy during the 1830-40’s, in first person point of view. In consideration of Huck’s young age, his education level is under par. Twain makes Huck address his readers directly, giving a friendly atmosphere and a one-on-one connection. In chapter six, Huck says, “didn’t want to go back no more. I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn’t like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn’t [any] objections... But by-and-by pap got too handy with his hick’ry, and I could’t stand it. I was all over with welts. He got to going away so much, too, and locking me in. Once he locked me in and was gone three days. It was dreadful lonesome”(Huckleberry Finn). How Huck speaks is relevant to his education. Huck Finn is caught in a very racial society and faces many obstacles during his adventures. Huck is thought to be a reliable adolescent for the way he portrays himself, meaning how his thoughts are against what society accepts. Huck embraces blacks as his friends, instead up treating them as slaves. Throughout the entire adventure with Huck he is seen as a reliable narrator.

Works Cited

"Reliable." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2013. Twain, Mark, and Verne B. Brown. Huckleberry Finn. Chicago: Scott, Foresman &, 1951. Print.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Huck Finn

    ...ben free ef it hadn’ ben for Huck; [he] done it. Jim won’t ever forgit you, Huck; you’s de bes’ fren’ [I have] ever has; en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now,” (Twain 88-89) Throughout Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he puts a heavy emphasis on the relationship of a white adolescent and a black middle aged, f...

    Read More
  • huCK fINN

    ...Diana Masch Huckleberry Finn (Is Huck a strong character or a weak one? Is he a hero or an anti-hero? Is he a victim of circumstance, or does he make his own destiny? Does Huck think for himself, or does he let other people influence him too much?) Huck is the narrator and protagonist in the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He comes...

    Read More
  • Huck Finn

    ...human? In the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn we see a boy by the name of Huck have a change in mindset on his African American friend Jim. Huck starts off with the normal mindset of society in his period of time. This though changes throughout the book. We see Huck view Jim as inhuman, to a human who is also his best friend. At the ...

    Read More
  • Huck Finn Quotes and Notes

    ...Nathan Tsiperfal Period 2 January 22, 2013 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 10-15 Quotes Notes |“‘Git up and hump yourself, Jim! there ain’t a minute to lose. |Even though the people are only after Jim, Huck says that they | |They’re after us.”’ (63.) ...

    Read More
  • Huck Finn

    ...Jamie McConville-Friel Comp 111 Professor Henry December 18, 2012 “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” It is said to be one of the most controversial novels in American history; ironically it is also said to be one of the greatest pieces of literature in American history. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” has been banded from ma...

    Read More
  • Huck Finn

    ...In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain uses the Mississippi River to show the value of freedom. Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Huckleberry Finn is trapped with his abusive father, while Jim is a slave with a family. Huck and Jim set out to float the Mi...

    Read More
  • Huck Finn: Appearance Versus Reality

    ...Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there are characters and situations that show how appearances can differ from reality. The three main instances are the Grangerford and Shepherdson feud, through the Duke and the Dauphin, and Miss Watson. The difference between appearance and reality is easily seen through the Grangerford and Shepherdson feud. ...

    Read More
  • Huck Finn Themes with Substantiated Quotes

    ...Huck Finn – Themes Formal Education vs Moral IntelligenceRepeatedly Huck encounters situations which require a moral decision. He usually can differentiate between a bad moral choice and good one. He has no time for stories supplied to him by Widow Douglass and Miss Watson. He finds this life constraining and false and would rather live free...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.