How has Huck grown?
Huckleberry Finn is an thirteen year old boy from St. Petersburg, Missouri. St. Petersburg is located near the Mississippi river. He is born to a alcoholic dad who abuses him, and never knew his mother. So he never really had a family and was very independent from a young age. He lived with the Widow Douglas which he described as a “good person” which made him always look negatively at himself. He always felt like an outsider because of the fact he never had a real family. Huck is described to be quite intelligent and really lives by his own rules and mottos. But over the course we see a struggle between his morality and the social norms. Huck is the protagonist in the story. In the beginning, he is motivated by leaving the city and becoming his own person. Away from all the people that he knew. Later on his main motivation is to keep Jim safe to make sure nothing happens to him. We see clear evidence of this when he lies to the white men and goes to save Jim. At the beginning I did not like Huck. Strictly for the way that he would treat Jim. He treated him like property and thought he was really stupid that he tried to mess around with him. One scene that completely changed my view of Huck was when he apologized to Jim and said “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed it would make him feel that way” (89). This shows he had grown as a character as sees Jim more as a person because of the fact he was willing to apologize which is a big deal for him. Over the course of novel he does things to save Jim and each time he does something to help Jim it makes me like him more. He really starts to go away from the social norms to be able to befriend a black man!