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Lessons Learned in Huck Finn
Transcript of Lessons Learned in Huck Finn
Lessons Learned on the River
Huck learns a variety of life lessons on the Mississippi River that contribute to the growth of his character. One of the most important lessons that Huck learns is that adults are not always right in their thinking and decisions
Huck's being able to make the right decisions on his own grows throughout the book. It is only with the help of Jim as a moral guide that Huck is able to undergo this moral transformation to use his own judgement and truly progress and form into a man. The situation that Huck is encountered with about choosing friend over society is the main problem that pushes Huck to establish his own standards of morality, rather than accepting those that society has set. The combination of life lessons learned on the river and on land perfectly mesh to create the result of Huck Finn maturing from boyhood into manhood.
When he is approached by men with guns looking for runaway slaves, Huck is met with the perfect opportunity to turn in Jim. In this moment, Huck's conscience is constantly reminding him that he knew Jim was
"running for his freedom"
from the beginning and he
"could a paddled ashore and told somebody" (Twain 66).
However, Huck's heart and love for Jim leads him to decide to protect his friend-a decision based on what he thinks in his heart is right which is one of the biggest life lesson learned in the novel.
This shows that Huck has learned that sometimes doing what society demands is not always right, and following your heart can result in making the right decision.
the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
, by Mark Twain, Huck Finn is a teenage son of an abusive father who embarks on a journey and learns many valuable lessons throughout.
Huck and Jim's relationship on the river grows stronger as they journey together. And the decisions Huck has to make with and about Jim teach him many valuable life lessons. Traveling with Jim and eventually freeing him is what defines Huck's character.
Huck and Jim
Being a Man
Huck and Jim's journey on the Mississippi, although chaotic at times, developed Huck as a heartwarming and strong character who learns how to put others before himself.
Life lessons and How to be a man
By: Nicole, Vanessa, Tara, Sydney, Tyler
The main character of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn undergoes a total moral transformation upon having to make life defining decisions throughout his journey for a new life. Huck emerges into the novel with a backwards state of mind caused by living with a drunken and abusive father, and with the absence of any direction. It is at this point where Huck is first seen without any concept of morality. Although Miss Watson and the Widow Douglass accept the challenge of "civilizing" Huck, he prefers to look up to Tom Sawyer. Throughout the novel, Huck and Jim encounter many situations which in turn help develop Huck's mental maturity.
Huck learns responsibility and grows up:
He is immature at first, playing practical jokes on Jim, treating him the way Tom Sawyer would. However, Jim teaches him to be responsible and to care about other people's feelings. Like the rattle snake incident when Jim got bitten by a dead snake's mate. Also the fog incident when Jim was worried sick whether or not Huck was all right, but he thought it was hilarious to lie to him that it was just a dream. For the first time he learns to apologize to a slave, and that a slave is just like anyone else and deserves respect.
Huck learns about love:
Jim teaches what it is like to be loved. Each night he keeps Huck's watch and lets Huck sleep, he calls him "honey" and is always nice to him. He teaches him values of respect, friendship, and loyalty. For the first time, Huck has a father figure who shows him what love feels like. He grows emotionally by developing a bond and care with someone.
Huck learns morals--what is right and wrong:
This is the major inner conflict. All along he has been torn by the decision whether or not to turn Jim in to the slave catchers. At first, he saves Jim because he needs him. Huck is lonely and prefers to have company when he runs away from Pap. Later on, he lies to the slave catchers that his family has the small pox on the raft and deters them, but he says that whether he tells the truth or lies, either way he would have felt terrible, so he'll do whatever comes easier. This is a child talking. Finally, in the end, when he tears up the letter to Miss Watson telling her where Jim was, he DECIDES to to protect Jim. This is a much more mature decision. He has developed a love for Jim, and consciously decides to go against the teachings of his society. His motive this time is not a selfish one, but a selfless