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Finding Freedom in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Finding Freedom in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Going against society and fleeing his home is just what Huck did in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Tom Sawyer. Huck was a young boy who earlier found $6000 in a cave with his friend Tom. He was living with Widow Douglas, Aunt Sally, and her slave Jim. They were constantly trying to civilize him. Huck’s father, also known as Pap, the town drunk, then kidnaps him and takes him to a cabin in the woods to start a new uncouth life. Huck likes his new uncivilized life, but he knows he must escape from his father, who continuously beats him. He escapes down the Mississippi River, and during his adventure he finds Jim, who ran away to avoid being sold. The two travel the river in search of freedom. Throughout the novel, Huck develops morally as he secures his money, deals with two frauds, and protects Jim.

Huck knew that if Pap found out about his inheritance he would try to get it. Huck was suspicious Pap was back in town when, down by the river he saw a boot-print which had a cross in the left heel, he knew it was Pap’s print. Huck gave the money to Judge Thatcher so he could invest it and receive a dollar a day for interest. Huck said to the judge, “Please take it and don’t ask me nothing-then I won’t have to tell no lies (page 16).” Now if his father asked about it, he could honestly say he didn’t have it. He knew Pap just wanted the money to buy alcohol and that if he didn’t have the money, Pap would leave him alone. Giving the judge his money showed his trust in others, maturity, and common sense.

Huck also showed maturity, when dealing with two frauds, the duke and the king. Huck saves the two men as they are being pursed by dogs and the people of the town, who had just been cheated out of their money. As Huck is traveling toward a steamboat, they meet a young man who mistakes the king for Mr. Wilks, from England. Mr. Wilks brother Peter just died, leaving his fortune for his two other brothers. The duke and the king go into town pretending to be...

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