13 May 2009
“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself,” by John MacNaughton. This quote means that when you start putting other first as your main priority then your maturity is growing. There are examples that pertain to this quote that are seen throughout a person’s life. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel by Mark Twain, is not a Bildungsroman because Huck goes through three different phases of maturity but in the long run he ends up where he started off. In the beginning of this novel Huck starts off as an immature little boy. There is much evidence in this novel that shows how Huck is immature. For example, Huck is not pleased with using manners and just wants to live his way. This shows immaturity because he doesn’t care about what will help him in the future. Also, he hates Miss Watson for teaching him how to be civilized. He doesn’t realize that this will only benefit him later in life which makes him immature. Another example of Huck’s immaturity is that he thinks Miss. Watson is nagging him about doing the proper things. “Miss Watson she kept pecking at me, and it got tiresome and lonesome.” This quote shows that Huck doesn’t appreciate what is being offered to him. “I felt so lonesome I most wished I was dead.” From this it is proven that he would rather die than live by rules and principals which make him immature. When Huck is around Tom Sawyer he is not willing to stand up for what he believes in and is persuaded into listening to Tom. In the middle of the novel, as it progresses Huck gains maturity. Firstly, Huck is now questioning between right and wrong. This shows how he is gaining maturity because he starts doubting his own immature ways. Secondly, he is questioning himself on what to do on the condition of Jim being a slave. Huck is becoming more mature because now he is looking into reality and finding the...
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