Huckleberry Finn Individuality Essay

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In 1885, Mark Twain wrote his controversial novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The novel tells the story of a rebellious young boy named Huck Finn in search for freedom and adventure. Huck decides to fake his own death in order to escape the hands of his abusive and drunken father Pap, and take a raft down the Mississippi River. As his journey begins, he finds a runaway slave named Jim. As the novel is set in St. Petersburg, Missouri in the 1840s, Huck grew up in a time lavish with racism and segregation. However, Huck decides to travel with Jim down the river, and the two develop a close friendship. Many debate and ponder if individuality is possible to exemplify in a conformist society, much like the one that Huck grew up in. Though more…show more content…
It is no secret that Huckleberry Finn comes from a family that is steeped in the ideals of racism and discrimination. However, as Huck and Jim become closer acquainted, Huck’s attitude slowly softens. As their journey began, Huck played a number of mean tricks on Jim. When Huck and Jim find an island to rest on along the river, Huck comes across a rattlesnake. Huck thinks to himself, "I killed him, and curled him up on the foot of Jim's blanket, ever so natural, thinking there'd be some fun,” (49). What Huck fails to notice is that another rattlesnake slithers into Jim’s blanket as well. The live rattlesnake bites Jim on the heel and puts him through extreme pain. Jim tells Huck that he could tolerate his pranks before, however, this one really hurts his feelings. Huck feel bad about the incident, but had too much pride to go and apologize to Jim. Yet, after sitting with his feelings, Huck states that, “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 even sorry about it

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