The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Being a parent is not only about providing a roof over ones head, clothes on their back or food in the belly, it is about responsibility and lessons learned. Huck had never had an adult male to talk to; Jim was a very smart black man and Huck realized he could learn a lot from him. Huck finally had someone he could look up to. “We catched fish and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn 't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn 't often that we laughed—only a little kind of a low chuckle. We had mighty good weather as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all—that night, nor the next, nor the next” (Twain 12). As Mark Twain’s character Jim shows us in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, being a parent is about being there during good and bad times throughout life’s adventures.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain identified several major flaws in Southern culture, including the “culture of decadence,” the gullibility of people and the treatment of slaves. Through the experiences of Huck Finn he was able to provide the reader with a “panorama of American life (Microsoft Encarta 2000) before the Civil War.”
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is told in the first person perspective; the story has 43 chapters. In the first section, the main character “Huck” lets you know who he is and how he feels about his adventures from beginning to end. During the second section Huck meets Jim and starts down the river and lands on Uncle Silas’ farm. The third and final section takes place at the farm and continues to the end of the book (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn).
Huck introduces you to several characters early on such as The Widow Douglas and Judge Thatcher. Both of these characters appear to have Huck’s best interest at heart, but do not go about things the right
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