The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Characterization
Huckleberry Finn, also known as Huck, is a young boy who lives in Mississippi with two women, Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, and their slave, Jim. He’s about 12-years-old and loves adventure. Huck has recently come into some money from his adventures with his friend Tom Sawyer, in which they found some stolen gold in a cave. Huck’s father, Pap Finn, is a dead-beat, abusive drunk who only appears to try to get Huck’s money by kidnapping until Pap meets Huck’s untimely death. The Widow Douglas and Miss Watson try to make Huck into a proper boy. Huck was once a free boy who could dress and do as he pleased, and after he escapes his father, he soon encounters this more refined way of life.
It is understood that Huck has been taken care of by two women who aren’t his family. Before the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson took him in, he was disheveled and perhaps even dirty at times. He didn’t have any money and he didn’t have anyone looking out for him. Now that he has someone to look after him, he is now being forced to dress and act the way everyone else in the town does: as a “civilized” person.
Huck is pretty explicit when it comes to the things he doesn’t like. He doesn’t like the restraints of society that everyone seems to follow. He is independently minded and doesn’t seem to like to conform to the ways the rest of society thinks and acts. He also dislikes slavery because as Huck’s journey persists, he grows very fond of Jim, who is the Widow Douglas’ slave. Huck doesn’t feel it is right that someone as wise and kind as Jim could be a slave, even though society tells Huck that this is the way it should be. Huck enjoys companionship, as he learns once he is separated from Jim. It is obvious that Huck likes to make up stories because he fibs his way through his journey by pretending to be several different people.
Huck’s personality shifts as his journey develops. At first he plays pranks on Jim...
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