Positive Characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
According to Ernest Hemingway, “All Modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” Huckleberry Finn is about a boy that hates being civilized and following rules. In the book Huck ends up running away from his pap and finds another runaway named Jim, who happens to be a slave. He starts to wonder what is right; helping a slave escape which is wrong in society’s eyes or do what is morally right and help his friend. As he progresses throughout the story he starts to understand good morals and friendship. He finds out what a good person really is; whether they are black or white. Though there are a number of characters who portray evil and racism in the book, there are three; Widow Douglas, Jim, and Huck that really make a positive impact on the reader. The Widow Douglas isn’t a huge part of the story but she definitely has a huge impact on Huck and the decisions he makes. In the beginning of the story the widow is Hucks primary guardian and helps him become civilized. The Widow tells him that he needs to pray every night and thank god for everything good that happens. “At first I hated the school, but by and by I got so I could stand it” (15). The widow gets him into school and takes really good care of him. Although she isn't in the book as much, Huck always thinks of her when he is trying to make good decisions. The widow is one of the few positive influences on Huck. Mark Twain describes two kinds of parents in this story, one is pap who is abusive and a drunk that doesn't care for Huck at all, and the other is the Widow Douglas who wants to make Huck a good person and help him.
Jim is another character in the story everyone wants to like. He is a loyal friend to Huck and all around a good person. In the 1800’s African Americans weren’t even considered to be people, they were treated horribly and no one paid attention to it. Once Mark Twain establishes that a...
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