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 Twains 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 ircumstances 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 umber 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, Hucks father returns to town to get custody of his son because he here of Hucks 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 as 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 isguises, 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 Hucks raft, creates a situation in which Huck must go ashore. He finds himself in the midst of barking dogs in front of the Grangerfords home.
Trusting providence again, he introduces himself as George Jackson and that he fell overboard from a passing steamboat. He is welcomed into the Grangerfords 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 Hucks 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 Grangerfords 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 able, did not curse or smoke, and decided to get an education.
He benefited from living with the widow and he saw that it was somehow necessary to follow her rules; abiding by her rules were hard at first, but he reached a point where he was getting sort of used to the widows ways, too, and they werent so raspy on me. A father is suppose to wish the best for his children, but Pap seems to dislike the idea that his on is getting an education, becoming better that who he was. Hucks father hears of his fortune and returns to get custody, ultimately kidnapping Huck and putting him a locked cabin across the river. Pap would beat his son quite frequently.
In the woods Huck felt free of the civilized world because he would smoke, curse, and eat at any time of the day because Pap had no objections, yet his freedom was altered by the presence of his father. Huck was abused, but he made the best of a terrible situation. He got to a point where he didnt see how Id ever got to like it so well at the widows. He got used to the woods and had no desire to return to civilization. At the home of the Grangerfords, Huck quickly adapts to a relaxing and luxurious environment. He is impressed by their furniture and most of all, the great food they ad to offer him.
Huck realizes that staying here, he will benefit from this generous family. Huck is also a person whom responds sympathetically human beings, even to the least of society. He protected Jim, a slave, the duke and king, cunning thieves, the robbers on the Walter Scott, and to the Wilks girls. Basic human kindness enables Huck to become a better person, it especially helps the relationship between Jim and Huck. In some parts of the novel, Huck saves Jim, a runaway slave from being caught. He save him on Jackson Island and saved him from bounty hunters on the Mississippi.
This uality shows Jim that Huck cares deeply about him as a friend. In return Jim treats Huck as a friend or even as his own child although he is a slave. Jim would take Hucks watch at nights on the raft and do other things for Huck that made his life on the raft not so hectic at it would have been if Jim was not around. It is fair to say that Huck being kind to Jim, makes his living or survival on the raft a peaceful one. In conclusion the qualities of shrewdness and ingenuity, basic human kindness, and adaptability contributes equally to the survival of Huckleberry Finn in his environment.
Adaptability empowers Huck to survive rom the best, living with the Grangerfords, and the worst, living with Pap in the woods. Huck becomes a person of moral values and have good relationship with Jim, realizing he is also a human being, not just another slave because he is sympathetic to the least of society and relinquished the values of a severe society. Shrewdness and ingenuity helped Huck to neutralize situations that could not have been resolved by just anyone. Hucks sympathy for other human beings, adaptability, and his shrewdness and ingenuity are among the qualities that makes Huck one of the great character in American fiction.