Huckleberry Finn

Huck\'s ability to survive.

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

Twain\'s 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

circumstances 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

number 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, Huck\'s father returns to town to get custody of

his son because he here of Huck\'s 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

was 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

disguises, 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 Huck\'s raft, creates a

situation in which Huck must go ashore. He finds himself

in the midst of barking dogs in front of the Grangerford\'s

home. Trusting providence again, he introduces himself as

George Jackson and that he fell overboard from a passing

steamboat. He is welcomed into the Grangerford\'s 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 Huck\'s 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

Grangerford\'s 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