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Learning The River
A young boy traveling along side the unpredictable Mississippi river with a runaway slave in the mid 1800’s is a unyielding way towards distress. This is just the situation in Mark Twain’s novel Huckleberry Finn , which was published in 1885. Traveling was no easy ordeal back then, furthermore traveling with a runaway slave was a tremendous jeopardy. This coalition of possible hazards can make one realize lessons that have the ability to educate people by using misfortune. Huck experienced such mishaps, and was able to execute various tactics to resolve his problems, nevertheless he was still able to learn from them.
Huck, at many times, used the resources around him to conjurer up some trickery on unsuspecting commonalty. The first appearance of Huck’s ability is observed when he creates his own deceitful death.”...they’ll follow that meal track to the lake and go browsing down the creek that leads out of it to find the robbers that killed me and took the things.”(42). Later in the novel, Huck meets up with Jim, a runaway slave who has always given a helping hand to Huck, on Jackson Island. After being around each other too long Huck decides that he will go to town to inquire the current happenings. Since he must stay incognito he conjures up the idea to make himself look, talk and act as a girl would. Although he got caught he never gave away his true identity, which shows his strong mutability.”So I said it wouldn't be no use to try to play it any longer...I told her my father and mother were dead...”(66).Huck has a sixth sense that allows him to constitute unconscious plans that provide a mental a mental and physical protection from danger.
Huck crosses all boundaries of racial antipathy, and is pious to all creeds. This can be seen not only in his actions, but in his external instincts. Why he is this way is unknown, and is no way related to his progenitors or social life. The only representation of his ability to except a person different them him would have to be his relations with Jim. Jim is not a very smart man, but he has a heart and his heart pumps the same color blood as Huck’s heart.”Why, ho long have you been on the island,Jim?...I come heah de night after you’s killed(49).” Although Huck has thoughts of bringing back Jim and bringing justice to the situation (chapter 31) his conscience feels that letting Jim run will be for the best. The way Huck conveyed himself around Jim showed how accepting he actually is and he completly throws down all of societies barriers that were placed on most African Americans in the mid 1800’s.
Huck’s education was totally depended on his views on life which were interpreted far before he made any gazes into the unpredictable Mississippi River. As a person Huck rejected most views of society, he also has a way to make all events he speaks of very realistic. He projects his life as a realistic drama. Although, he is able to keep and touch with all reality and be adaptable to the situations his life strikes at. The ability to stay alive was held evident by his survival skills,”I went out into the woods and cooked a supper...(48).”Inventive skills can not be learned which means that Huck was not only born with these skills he also improved on them every day and that is where the river takes its place. Think of the river as the teacher, nature as the homework and Huck as the straight A student with good citizenship. The characteristics of Huck can be compared to a complete man with all attributes that focus on self discipline and sympathy for all men.
Unyielding agony and pain of a wild life can result in fury and rage, but if controlled and regulated a deadly situation can lead to a lesson. Much like a vaccine that uses small amounts of the same poison that could kill you, just to possible save you from it. Life for Huckleberry Finn was no walk in the park. Still, he was able to live it and was prepared to die for everything he represented. He not only controlled himself he was able to
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