Huck Finn (by Twain) Thesis

Essay by Brad ChartersCollege, Undergraduate February 1997

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Many would say that Huck Finn is a very troubled young boy. He was brought up by his

father deep in the woods just off the Mississippi River. His father strongly disliked society

therefore he lived as far as possible from it. Huck's dad brought Huck up the hard way without

a mother and instilled many of his beliefs into Huck. His dad lied constantly and was always

drunk, his favorite saying was 'I'm not stealing it I'm just borrowing it'. Huck's dad borrowed

many things and lied his way out of many situations. He passed some of these bad habits onto

Huck which leads to my thesis that, Huck often finds himself in tight predicaments and being

brought up the way he was, taught that lying and stealing aren't wrong, proved very useful in

getting him out of many of these predicaments.

Because Huck's father brought him up to be such a great liar and a stealer Huck has been

able to escape from many close calls.

One instance in which Huck wriggles himself out of

trouble is when he and Jim, the runaway slave are traveling down river on the raft. Huck while

off on a little excursion in his canoe runs into two men running away from some angry villagers

and their dogs. When they plead and beg for Huck to save him and he finally accepts they are

very gracious. When they arrive on the raft and notice that Jim is a black slave they inquire

about him. They ask Huck if he's a runaway slave and they seem interested in selling him for a

good price. Huck being the great thinker he is argues, 'why would a slave be going south?'.

That really stumps the two men and they leave it at that. It is...