Why Is Huck Finn's Journey Down The River

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Every person has the ability to change for the better. In the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, we the readers are able to discover the change in beliefs and morals a person can go through. Huck, a boy who starts an adventure to escape his old life, meets Miss Watson’s runaway slave, Jim along the way. The two of them journey down the river, encountering many obstacles along the way. In the beginning, Huck has no values in his life and the only care he has is about this journey he is on. However, as this trip progresses, Huck is able to form a set of morals. As Huck takes the journey down the river, a transformation in Huck transpires. He started by being a boy who wants a fun adventure without caring about…show more content…
While on the raft, Huck sees a steamboat that was destroyed on the side of the river. He insisted that Jim and himself go look around on the boat. He begged Jim to come by comparing him to Tom, and said, “He’d call it an adventure—that’s what he’d call it…Why, you’d think it was Christopher C’lumbus discovering Kingdom-Come”(77-78). This quotation shows how Huck was looking for something fun even though it was dangerous. Once he convinced Jim to come with him, they heard the people on the boat talk and discover they murderers. However, that still did not stop Huck from continuing to explore it. He told Jim, “it ain’t no time for fooling around and moaning; there’s a gang of murderers in yonder, and if we don’t hunt up their boat and set her drifting down the river so these fellows can’t get away from the wreck, there’s one of ‘em going to be in a bad fix”(80-1). Huck, refusing to leave the boat, wants to do what he believes is the right thing, which also means an adventure. Once both Huck and Jim have left the ship, they continue on to find a town. There, Huck tells a lie to get a man to go check on the boat, and is leading him right into the hands of the murderers. In this case Huck put Jim in great danger and put this man in a lot of danger, especially because he did not know the circumstances he was going into. Overall, this is an example of…show more content…
He realizes that certain experiences can cause a lot of trouble. As Huck gets involved in a lie too big to succeed, he finally does the right thing and tells the truth. The King and the Duke pretend to be the uncles to a few girls who have just lost their father. The King plans to take all the money the father left for them, and Huck finds this very wrong. He feels for the daughters of this man, and tells the oldest girl, Mary Jane, the truth. He says, “These uncles of yourn ain’t no uncles at all—they’re a couples of frauds—regular dead-beats”(200). This is showing the first instance in the book where Huck chose to do the right thing. He told Mary Jane that the King and Duke were frauds so that she would not be robbed of her money, and so that he would be able to get away and leave with Jim. This example shows a change in Huck and how he is realizing right from wrong. He is no longer taking everything in such a childish adventure

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