onathan Spano
English 3 CP1
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Huck Finn

Huck has a grim attitude toward people he disagrees with or
doesnt get along with. Huck tends to alienate himself from those people. He
doesnt let it bother him. Unlike most people Huck doesnt try to make his
point. When Huck has a certain outlook on things he keep his view. He will
not change it for anyone. For instance in Chapter Three when Miss Watson
tells Huck that if he prayed he would get everything he wished for. Huck just
shook his head yes and walked away telling Tom that it doesnt work because
he has tried it before with fishing line and fishing hooks. this tell us that Huck
is an independent person who doesnt need to rely on other people.

This is a book of social criticism. Twain has his ways of
criticizing people of their actions and the things they do. Twain does a good
job expressing the characters social behaivors. Instead of upfront making fun
of Hulks actions he hints towards them or tries to glorify them when he does
something that is socially wrong or unintelligent. Huck stages his death. This
is not a real bright thing to do even though Huck’s father is real mean and is a
threat to his life and Huck’s life. Huck wants to get away from him so bad
that the first thing that comes into his mind is to stage his death so Pap will
think he’s dead and won’t be looking for him ever again. Twain feels that by
making Huck do this Twain is poking fun a Huck’s intelligence. Not his
nature intelligence but his book intelligence. In other words Twain is making
fun of Huck. Twain also portrays Huck and Jim as stupid when Huck dresses
up like a girl. Everyone knows Huck will not pass as a girl

Jim is very much like a father to Huck. He looks out for Huck
and he is respected and looked upon by Huck. This is also more significant
because Huckleberry Finn never had a father and he never really had a role
model. Jim serves this purpose perfectly. On one occasion Huck and Jim
were exploring an old house that had floated down stream. While they were
looking in it Jim discovered a dead body. Jim then covered up the corpse so
Huck wouldn’t see it. Jim felt that seeing a dead body at such a young age
could corrupt a boy for life. Huck then wanted to talk about the dead body
but Jim suggested that they dont talk about it because it might bring bad luck.
Huck then tried to play a practical joke on Jim by putting a dead snake near
him. Jim was scared. Later the snakes mate came back and bit Huck. Jim
was not at the site and didn’t know about it.

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