Who Is The Father Figure In Huckleberry Finn

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Being a father means to think of the child before himself and to have responsibilities, more importantly to give them love. In today's society, many children seek love from their father. When a father shows no signs of love to his children, the children pursue other "father" figures. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck Finn doesn't have much love is his life, his mother died when he was young and his father, Pap, unruly destroys Huck's life and only desires to promote his own well-being. Therefore, this effect causes Huck to desire other "father" figures witnessed by Huck's true desire. As the novel progresses, Huck leans on Jim, an African man who has no related blood to him as his "father" figure. Throughout the story, Jim is a "father" figure to Huck, it comes naturally to Jim to protect Huck and to support him; moreover, Jim's desire to…show more content…
He knows the things Pap does to him so Jim gives Huck love and protection of a father he never had. He states, '"Doan' you 'member de house dat was float'n down de river, en dey wuz a man in dah, kivered up, en I went in en unkivered him and didn' let you come in? Well, den, you kin git yo' money when you wants it, kase dat wuz him'"(260). Jim knows it is Pap and protects Huck from seeing the man at the beginning of the novel. Furthermore, Jim doesn't want Huck to see Pap's dead body but he tells Huck at the end of the novel. Jim forgives Huck when Huck isn't kind to him and still protects him. In addition, he takes care of Huck on their trip and tells him what bad things he should be careful of, stating: "'Don't it s'prise you de way dem kings carries on, Huck?'...'...dese kings o' ourn is regular rapscallions; as fur as I can make out.'...'But dis one do smell so like de nation, Huck.'...'...I doan' hanker for no mo' un um, Huck'"(138-139). Jim's allegiance to Huck is seen throughout the
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