Characteristic of Huck Finn in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn

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Huckleberry Finn, the main character, learns he must grow up fast if he wants to survive life. Huck Finn

has a drunkard as a father, a hogshead as a home, and a mother (dead ) of which he never knew. He is a

congenital liar, a thief, and someone who has no respect for the rules of society. He will use every technicality

to get off with doing something completely wrong, but is ok by him. Huck is not all evil as one would think by

this introduction. He in fact believes in personal freedom, something which he never really has had.

Jim, a supporting character, also has to deal with many problems of society. The greatest one in fact is,

the fact that he is a slave. Jim is a very modest person, he will sacrifice anything to help his fellow man. Huck

sees this and begins to think of Jim as a human being also, and will 'go to hell ' for Jim. Although Jim is a slave,

he does not think of people based on their skin color, but in fact believes that everyone is equal regardless of

skin, and even age. One may ever say that Jim is Huck's true father.

Both Jim and Huck have experienced life at a tedious level. They have their highs and lows, but mainly

life is not all it is cracked up to be. For Huck, he must experience having a horrendous father who beats Huck to

a pulp any time he is sober. And for Jim, the fact that his family is not considered human by society but rather

chattel that can be bought, sold or even traded at the slightest whim. Together Huck and Jim must work

together to escape the society which has allowed...