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The Many Facets of Huckleberry Finn

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The Many Facets of Huckleberry Finn Outline Thesis: Huckleberry Finn uses disguises to hide himself from society, which he is not actually part of. I. Runs away from home II. Dresses as a girl III. Experiences life as an aristocrat IV. Returns to roots, with Aunt Sally pretending to be Tom Throughout the entirety of Mark Twain's novel, Huckleberry Finn, the main character, Huck, is always on the run. Written in 1884, Twain's novel focuses on the life of Huck Finn, a young boy. Huck is always on the run because, initially, he has no real home. Inevitably he escapes to the Mississippi River, where he is set free to discover his true self, through his disguises and costumes along the way. At the opening of the novel, Huck is in a home alien to him. ...read more.


With the realization that he is a poor girl, as his guise is readily seen through, his next guise is one of the noble gender. In his encounter with Grangerfords, Huck gets to experience life as a southern aristocrat. Initially he is greatly impressed by their material possessions. He sees their intellect as astounding, "If Emmeline Grangerford could make poetry like that before she was 14, there ain't no telling what she could 'a' done by and by." (104) Yet he realizes their shallowness as evidenced by his examination of their parrots in either side of a clock and by the fruit on their dining room table. As an allegorical symbol for the Grangerford's Huck states on the fruit, "On the table was a kind of lovely crockery basket that held apples and oranges and peaches and grapes piled up on it, which was much redder and yellower and prettier than the ...read more.


The novel ends with Huck's proclamation of "But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it." (279) This final statement demonstrates that Huck has seen what there is to see and was not impressed. As the novel closes, Huck throws down the chains that had been holding him back and is set free. This revelation comes through his ability to view the different ways of living through his life experiences. Through his use of disguises, Huck was able to experience the aspects of society so at the end of the novel he can say with confidence "I have been there before." (279) As Huck has viewed the various ways of life he sets off, most likely never to return. ...read more.

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