Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Although Huckleberry Finn seems to get into a lot of trouble, as he is dishonest at many times
throughout the novel, his character seems to melt in the readers hand once his fine moral nature begins
to unfold. That’s why honesty and good morals are the theme of my open mind.
The game Huck plays drifts him into an occasion of rare moral crisis, where he must choose
between violating the entire code of social, religious, conventional behavior which the world has taught
him, and betraying the person who needs and loves him most and whom he loves most. He writes a letter
which conscience prompts him to, advising Miss Watson that her slave, Jim, is in Mr. Phelp’s possession.
After writing the letter he says:
“I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever so in my life, and I
knowed I could pray now. But I didn’t do it straight off but laid the paper down and set there
thinking-thinking how good it was all this happened so, and how near I come to being lost and going to
hell.”
After studying the letter he then said, “All right, then, I’ll go to hell” and tore it up.
One symbol that I used was money. Money plays a big part in everyone’s life. It seems as though
every little act that we make is effected by money in a either a direct or distant way. One thing that
affected Huck and may have contributed to his unhappiness that brought him over the edge to run away was
lack of money. Early on Huck’s father and huck sell his fortune to Judge Thatched for a dollar. This lack
of money may have put an even bigger strain on the father, causing him drink his sorrows away and act
irrationally towards Huck. This brought on the constant beatings that Huck was forced to endure until he
gained the courage to fake his death, and leave his pitiful life back at the mouth of the river.
Money also played a part concerning those two swindling crooks, the King and Duke. The king and
Duke tried to pass themselves off as being distant relatives. Their new identity would put them at hand
with a large amount of cash. Ultimately their cover was revealed. Huck is able to escape unscathed, but
the King and Duke weren’t as fortunate as tar and feathers awaited them.
Another way that money entered the story dealt with Jim. The fact that there is a monetary
reward having to do with the recapture of a runaway slave, definitely put Huck and his friend Jim at a
disadvantage.
Drinking, my other symbol, also plays a part as the story unravels.
Drinking led Huck’s father to beat him. Living in an unhappy situation such as this gave Huck reason to
start out on his own adventure. Drinking also led to the Duke’s easy admittance of hiding the money. In
this situation, the drunkenness exhibited by both characters helped to put a hole in their cover up.
While they were questioned and served a heavy punishment, it was really Huck who stole the money before
all of their eyes.
An important scene in my mind occurred at nightfall when huck took his first step onto the canoe.
His heart was beating faster than it ever had before for he was unsure if he was making the right move.
This moment was carefully planned out in advance. Huck, with the help of some hog’s blood, was able to
fake his own death so that no one would be searching for him. With his body supposedly resting on the
bottom of the river, Huck was able to take his first step in his adventurous journey.
The first of three quotes comes when his father had abused him for the last time. Huck says to
himself, “I can fix it now so nobody won’t think of following me.” This sentence came after his father
had told Huck that if he noticed a stranger walking his land he would have shot and killed him. This gave
Huck the idea to fake his own death, for once he does that, he could start a new life. Immediately after,
he starts preparing for a journey down the river by loading corn meal and other necessary goods into the
hidden canoe. This plan would help everything run smoothly.
“Jim said bees won’t sting idiots; I didn’t believe that, because I had tried