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The father of a family is its supporter and leader. He loves and respects his
children, and must be willing to sacrifice for them. In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Huck's father has none of these traits. The father, Pap, is an
abusive and drunk man. He treats Huck like a caged animal and not a son. Pap does not
posses the qualities to be any kind of a father. However, Jim, a slave with whom Huck
escapes, posses the qualities to be a father to Huck.
The 'Dead-Beat Dad' is a title that no father wants to have or ever want to
receive, but Huck's father wins the title 'hands down.' As bluntly stated by Edwin H.
Cady, 'He [Pap] was a thief and a drunk, illiterate, filthy, full of howling hate against
blacks, schools, cleanliness, and responsibility, a con artist and a sadist' (388).
read and his wife couldn't read, so by the reasoning of his mind, Huck should not be able
to read either. 'Your mother couldn't read, and she couldn't write... I can't; and here
you're a-swelling yourself up like this' (Clemens 21). Pap was 'anti-schooling' and
strongly believed in it. He would do anything in order to follow this idea, just like a
brainwashed Nazi soldier. He beat or threatened Huck not to go to school. 'If I catch
you about the school I'll tan you for good' (Clemens 21). Fathers feel proud when their
son achieves higher than they did, a good feeling emerges from their soul. Pap does not
feel good, but envy for his son. 'He put his head back in, and cussed me for putting on
frills and trying to be better than him' (Clemens 22). Pap was also...