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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Character Development
Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Character Development
“Now was the first time that I begun to worry about the men – I reckon I hadn’t had time to before. I begun to think how dreadful it was, even for murderers, to be in such a fix. I says to myself there ain’t no telling but I might come to be a murderer myself yet, and then how would I like it?” (Twain 68) - Huck Finn “I judged she would be proud of me for helping these rapscallions, because rapscallions and dead beats is the kind the widow and good people takes the most interest in.” (Twain 72) - Huck Finn “It made me feel so mean I could kiss his foot to get him to take it back. It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterward, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d ‘a’ knowed it would make him feel that way” (Twain 82) - Huck Finn “They went off and I got aboard the raft, feeling bad and low because I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I see it warn’t no use for me to try to learn to do right; a body that don’t get started right when he’s little ain’t got no show – when the pinch comes there ain’t nothing to back him up and keep him to his work, and so he gets beat. Then I thought a minute, and says to myself, hold on; s’pose you’d ‘a‘ done right and give Jim up, would you felt better than what you do now? No, says I, I’d feel bad – I’d fell just the same way I do now. Well, then, says I, what’s the use you learning to do right when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? I was stuck. I couldn’t answer that.” (Twain 87) - Huck Finn "It didn’t take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn’t no kings nor dukes at all, but just low-down humbugs and frauds. But I never said nothing, never let on; kept it to myself; it’s the best way; then you don’t have no quarrels, and don’t get into no trouble. If they wanted us to call them kings and dukes, I hadn’t no objections, ‘long as It would keep peace in the family; and it warn’t no use to tell Jim so I didn’t tell him If I never learnt nothing else out of pap, I learnt that the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way” (Twain 119) - Huck Finn “It was enough to make the body ashamed of the human race” (Twain 155) - Huck Finn “I says to myself, I reckon a body that ups and tells the truth when he is in a tight place is taking considerable many resk, though I ain’t had no experience, and can’t say for certain; but it looks so to me, any way; and yet here’s a case where I’m blest if it don’t look to me like the truth is better and actually safer than a lie. I must lay it by in my mind, and think it over some time or other, it’s so kind of strange and unregular. I never see nothing like it. Well, I says to myself at last I’m a-going to chance it: I’ll up and tell the truth this time, though it does seem most like setting down on a kag of powder and toughing it off just to see where you’ll go too” (Twain 177) - Huck Finn “It made my eyes water a little to remember her crying there all by herself in the night, and them devils laying there right under her own roof, shaming her and robbing her; and when I folded it up and give it to her I see the water come into he eyes, too; and she shook me by the hand, hard…”(Twain 182) - Huck Finn “… I about made up my mind to pray, and see if I couldn’t try to quit being the kind of a boy I was and be better. So I kneeled down. But the words wouldn’t come. Why wouldn’t they? It warn’t no use to try and hide it from Him. Nor form me, neither. I knowed very well why they wouldn’t come. It was because my hear warn’t right; it was because I warn’t square; it was because I was playing double. I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of me I was holding on to the biggest one of all. I was trying to make my mouth say I would do the right thing and the clean thing, and go and write to that nigger’s owner and tell where he was; but deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can’t pray a lie – I found that out” (Twain 203) - Huck Finn “It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’—and tore it up.” (Twain 204) - Huck Finn Nathan Daley
AP Lit and Comp
D Block Huckleberry Finn's Ascent and Descent of the Mountain of Morality But Unfortunately . . . Tom Sawyer shows up before Huck reaches the summit . . . He takes Huck to a very dark place “Tom was in high spirits, he said it was the best fun he ever had in his life, and the most intellectural; and said if he only could see his way to it we would keep it up all the rest of our lives and leave Jim to our children to get out; for he believed Jim would come to like it better and better the more he got used to it. He said that in that way it could be strung out to as much as eighty years, and would be the best time on record. And he said it would make us all celebrate that had a hand in it.” (Twain 237) - Huck Finn THE END "...moral or no moral; and as for me, I don't care shucks for the morality of it nohow. When I start in to steal a nigger, or a watermelon, or a Sunday-school book, I ain't no ways particular how it's done so it's done. What i want is my nigger; or what i want is my watermelon; or what i want is my Sunday-School book; and if a pick's the handiest thing, that's the thing I'm a going to dig that nigger or that watermelon or that Sunday-school book out with..." (Twain 235) - Huck Finn "Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before." (Twain 279) - Huck Finn Born Into Sin A Sincere Guilty Conscience A Honorable Truth Compassion Celestial Contemplation The Ultimate Sacrifice
This begins Huck's moral decent Recognizing Cruelty in Others A Taste of Empathy
Note/Recap: By the end of the novel Huck seems to have traveled a circuitous path. He transitions from seeing Jim as an equal to objectifying him, enslaving his companion once again. Jim is treated like the boys’ possession, a sort of pawn in the fantasy world Tom Sawyer creates.
Within the last few chapters Huck's morality is taken a few steps back. Distracted by Tom Sawyer, he looses sight of his mission and the sacrifice he promises to make to Jim.
Although Huck experienced several moral revelations throughout his adventure, It is uncertain whether all affected him.