Huckleberry Finn



The character Huck Finn, portrayed in the classic novel Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain, is a fun loving and adventurous young man. Only Mr. Twain

knows his exact age, as it is never mentioned once in the novel. We can only

guess that he is in his early teens. Mr. Twain also does not give an accurate

description of Huck in the book either. Judging from the many things that he

does, you can tell that he is neither a muscular person nor a skimpy weakling. He

has the physique of a run of the mill country farm boy.

The narration of this novel is very interesting. I liked how they reproduced

the southern vernacular in its true form. "En wid I fetch' her a slap side de head

dat sont her a-sprawlin. pg156", although it is very hard to understand, it

adds to the overall experience of reading this book. This book is also narrated

from Huckleberry Finns point of view. This makes the book more interesting at

times because you actually can tell what Huck is thinking during given situations.

He is also a very literal narrator, He tells everything as accurately as he can and

never really exaggerates the situations to any remarkably big extent. This is also

a very humorous book and Huck, being very literal minded, has no sense of

humor. He doesn't get the punch lines to jokes or funny situations"when the

drunk man was riding a horse, he thought that he was not really an acrobat."

Also, he took the age old joke about where mosses was when the lights went out

seriously. This also makes him such an enjoyable character and makes the book

so enjoyable to read. Just that at times he can seem like an idiot, like when he

really belived, for quite a while, that genies existed and that he could rub a lamp

and get his wishes granted. I like this narration style because it really helps you

to get to know Huck from his internal actions and reactions. It's hard to tell a lot

about a character by how he talks sometimes, that's why I prefer this narration

style to others.

It seems that Huck has a very strange personality. I would describe his

personality as "free". He does everything he wants and nothing seems to stand in

his way for long. He definitely wouldn't be considered a "proper" young man by

today's standards. For instance, he prefers to wear tattered, loose fitting, rags to

nice clean cloths. I guess it goes along with his personality. He also prefers to eat

differently than we would. He likes all of his food to be mixed up in one pot,

compared to the "normal" way of eating with different dishes and food on

separate areas of our plates. I would consider Huck to be more of an

outdoorsman. He loves to be outside with nature and doesn't like to be indoors

that much. In fact, in the book he is never really inside on his own free will. He

would rather be outside on his adventures. He likes the simpler way of life.

Huck's personality is also very adaptable. He is a country boy at heart but

adapted to the high class living of the Widow. He can then quickly adapt to living

in the woods with Pap, or on a raft with Jim. He could even adapt to living with

the Grangerfords. He seems to act very natural during these different situations.

This helps him function and interact with others more easily.

At times Huck doesn't show very good common sense or compassion.

Like when he teased Jim when he was locked up in a cell. They would give him a

ladder to escape, but he was in a one-story cell. Then they would give him chains

because if he was jailed up he should be in chains. They also gave him pieces of

metal to make into saws to cut himself out. They could have just given him a

saw! We were not required to read these chapters because they did not fit in the

book at all and were just a waste of space because it didn't accurately portray

Hucks personality. Huck would not have left him