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Huckleberry Finn Essay

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Huckleberry Finn Essay The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name of Mark Twain, tells the story of Huck's travels down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave. Huck lived in a small town with his biological father, Pap; a drunk who had caused him many problems. However, in the novel, the character of Jim is portrayed as the "true father" of Huck. Because Jim acts as a role model and a mentor to Huck along their journey down the river, he proves to be more of a father figure to Huck than his biological father Pap. A father teaches his son lessons. Jim taught Huck many lessons both intentionally and indirectly. Jim shows Huck that slaves are real people, just like himself, despite the different color of skin. ...read more.

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I didn't look at him at all. Jim throwed some old rags over him..." Jim covered the man so Huck wouldn't have to look at him. The dead man was his Pap. Jim did not want Huck to have to see his father's face and be upset. Jim was looking out for Huck and trying to protect him. He took care of Huck as he would his own son. On the contrary, Pap teaches Huck lessons as well, however not in the loving way a father should. Pap teaches Huck what not to become. Pap was a drunken, "white trash" character that spent his time trying to con people out of money, spending every last bit of it on alcohol. Pap also tried to steal from his own son. Pap came back to town not to see his son, not because he loved him and cared for him, he returned only because he heard that Huck was rich and he wanted to take all of his money. ...read more.

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It is obvious that Pap did not truly love or care about Huck. Pap did not provide for his son, he did not posses any morals to teach him, and he put his own needs before his son's. The only real lesson Pap left with Huck was the example of himself; what not to do and what not to be. Jim and Pap are two completely different father figures. Jim possesses the qualities, characteristics, and values that a good father must have. Pap is nothing more than a parasite. He does not possess a single admirable quality to make him a worthy father. Pap thought of Huck as nothing more but property, where as Jim thought of Huck as a person, and a friend. Because Pap only caused harm to Huck, and Jim acted as a positive influence, Jim should be portrayed as the "true father" of Huck Finn. ...read more.

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