Huckleberry Finn


Huck\'s ability to survive.


In literature, authors have created characters that


have traits that contributes to their survival in society.


The qualities of shredders, adaptability, and basic human


kindness enables the character Huckleberry Finn, in Mark


Twain\'s novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn to


survive in his environment. The purpose of this paper is


to depict the importance of these traits or qualities to


his survival.


Huckleberry Finn is able to confront complex


situations because he is shrewd. Nothing is more natural


or more necessary than his ability to lie. In certain


situations I will discuss how he must lie because the


circumstances forced him to deception and lies and


evasions are the only weapons he has to protect himself


from those who are physically stronger than he. The


creativity, common sense, and understanding of people of


different classes give him the edge he needs to survive in


a rather harsh society.


Living with Ms. Watson and Widow Douglas, Huck has


adjusted his life to that of a civilized society. Huck


illustrates his shrewd thinking when he see signs that


indicates his father is back. Being afraid of his father,


he gives all of his money to Judge Thatcher to avoid being


persecuted by his father. Protecting himself was his


number one priority; he knew that if his father got the


money he would get drunk and in return would abuse him.


His father drunkenness become a threat to his life later


on in the story and by stopping him from getting the


money, he stopped his father from being an abuser at that


point and time.


Pap, Huck\'s father returns to town to get custody of


his son because he here of Huck\'s fortune, finally


resorting to the kidnapping. Huck is locked in the cabin


when Pap is not around; once he was locked up for three


days. At this point and time Huck was being neglected and


abuse; his father had no idea what his abusive behavior


was doing to Huck until he escapes. Pap became so


abusive(not realizing it because of he is always drunk),


that he almost kills his son in the cabin, thinking he was


the angel of death. This incident forces Huck to realize


that his father is an immediate threat to his life and he


must escape. His plan to escape is one of common sense


combined with shrewdness and imagination. He creates a


bloody scene with the blood of a pig he shot, smashed the


door, left some his hair on a bloody ax, and left a trail


of food, creating the impression that he was killed by


robbers; his plan is a success.


Huck must enter the world after his death in


disguises, born as a new person repeatedly to conceal his


real identity. Dressing as a girl to go ashore to gather


information is just one of the identities he must assume


through out his whole journey. This example shows how


ingenious and innovative Huck is in creating a creditable


story that will camouflage his real identity. In the act


of meeting a lady who had recently settled in town, he


dresses as a girl, makes up a name and a convincible


story, "trusting providence to put the right words in my


mouth when the time come." He finds out that her husband


was going to Jackson Island to see if he could find Jim.


He is fortunate enough to get this information or else


they would have been caught by suprise.


The capsizing of Jim and Huck\'s raft, creates a


situation in which Huck must go ashore. He finds himself


in the midst of barking dogs in front of the Grangerford\'s


home. Trusting providence again, he introduces himself as


George Jackson and that he fell overboard from a passing


steamboat. He is welcomed into the Grangerford\'s home


because his identity and story is convincible. After a day


there, Huck forgets his new name. Understanding Buck, the


youngest of the family, desire to show off, Huck gets him


to spell his name revealing his new identity. Getting Buck


to spell his name because he understands his personality,


is just one of Huck\'s qualities that help him to survive


on the frontier.


The adaptability of Huck Finn is marked throughout


the novel. He is extremely adaptable and can tolerate


living with the widow, his father, and in the


Grangerford\'s home. Toleration of the best and worst


situations seems to be one of his best qualities.


Huck did not like the burden civilized society placed


upon his shoulders. Even though he did no like the


restrictions of society, he learned to accept the ways of


the widow; he wore the fancy clothes, ate dinner at a


table,