Huckleberry Finn is the main character in Mark Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. He is a thirteen year old boy, dressed nicely when he is forced to, and dressed in whatever he can scrounge together when not. He is motherless and son to a drunk, and ran free for some time, doing what he pleased. However, he is taken in by a widow to be “sivilized”. He receives the beginnings of a formal education under the widow’s care, although he does not completely warm up to the idea of living a structured life like hers. In his words, “at first I hated the school, but by and by I got so I could stand it” (Twain 14).
Huck is not the type of child to live the same way every day. He seeks adventure and new experiences all the time, motivated by his curious nature, which often lands him in sticky situations. However, he is clever and resourceful, able to get himself out of situations as easily as he got into them. As troublesome as he can sometimes be, he is really a good and moral child. His thinking is influenced by society, but as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn progresses, Huck begins to act on what he really thinks as opposed to what society says he should do. I admire this about Huck; he has a good moral compass.
Huck is an integral part of the story. He has an impact on all those around him, from Jim to all the people they meet along the way, like the Wilks family and Aunt Sally. To most, he has a positive impact. He is a companion to Jim, and Jim considers him a close friend, a best friend in fact: “Jim won’t ever forgit you, Huck; you’s de bes’ fren’ Jim’s ever had; en you’s de only fren’ ole Jim’s got now.” (page 83). Huck helps people, such as the Wilks, by warning them of lies. He brings laughter and happiness to people such as Aunt Sally, even if he is a bit mischievous at times. Huck is a good child and a great protagonist, showing readers the extend of possibility for character development.
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