Huckleberry Finn Essay Topic # 5


The book Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck’s journey down the Mississippi is a long voyage of self discovery. He is searching for his own identity throughout the entire journey. He starts off very immature but as he learns lessons he ends up growing more and more mature and able to see the difference between right and wrong.


Huck is just a kid. He is immature and childish. Huck doesn’t really think about what he does or says, he wouldn’t think twice about it. At the beginning he’s got a long way to go to learn everything he has to. He seems to just say the wrong thing on purpose just to get on people’s nerves. Huck says “Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad then, but I didn’t mean no harm.” (page 2 line 22). This is a perfect example of how Huck just trys to push people’s buttons. He didn’t have to say that and get Miss Watson angry. There was no need, it was so unnecessary, this just goes to show how immature he can be.


When Huck and Jim are outside when they both were running away, Huck plays a trick on Jim. It’s a juvenile little prank to pull but that’s who he is at this point in the book. He finds a snake and kills it and decides to scare Jim with it. He curls it up in his blanket and when Jim finally lays down the snakes mate was there and bites his heel. Huck doesn’t tell Jim it was him nor does he apologize. He even says ( on page 47 line 34), “Then I slid out quiet and throwed the snakes clear away amongst the bushes; for I warn’t going to let Jim find out it was all my fault, not if I could help it.” The least he could do is tell Jim it was him, especially because Jim takes everything symbolically, everything happens for a reason. The mood of the whole book is really laid back. Even at serious points, which goes to prove even further that Huck is very immature. Huck may learn his lesson directly after one instance but the mature point of view only lasts shortly. He does think about the snake incident though and says, “I made up my mind I wouldn’t ever take a-holt of a snake-skin again with my hands, now that I see what had come of it.” (48 line 6).


One of the best events that happened that shows how Huck is growing is when him and Tom Sawyer escape with Jim.Tom wants to make a game out of it all and all that fun stuff, but it is a very serious situation. Huck sees this but Tom doesn’t realize the seriousness. It is a matter of life and death not only for Jim but for Tom and Huck too. We see this is true when Tom gets shot and could have died with no medical help. It’s all one big joke to Tom until he gets hurt. And after everyone wants Jim punished by hanging Huck tells them not to. Huck has learned a valuable lesson in racism. Throughout his journey with Jim he realizes “niggers” are just people too. They think, breathe, eat and bleed just as everyone else. This is probable the most important of all lessons. This is something he definitely could not have learned without going through all that he did. It’s not only that he accepts Jim as a human but also helps him. This shows a lot more, the fact that he helps him is amazing for Huck’s character, who has grown up thinking they are nothing but unintelligent slaves.


Huck’s journey is a good experience for him. It has taught him so many invaluable lessons. In the time period of a book he has grown into a man and taken responsibility for his actions. Without all that happened to Huck he would be lost still and be playing childish games with Tom. In 263 pages Huck went from a boy to a man.