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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Hero's Journey

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Transcript of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Hero's Journey

Huckleberry Finn: A Hero's Journey
Rejecting Society
"But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead the rest, because aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can't stand it. I been there before." Page 296
The Hero's Journey
Joseph Campbell

Call to Adventure
A hero is forced to face external pressure
Often, there are two polar forces that pulls the individual into two different directions
Refusal of the Call
Hero feels the fear of the unknown and is repelled away from the adventure
Expression of danger and uncertainty
Threshold Guardians
The hero comes across a traveler of the worlds, in other words, a very intuitive individual
The guardian will give the hero:
Supernatural Aid
After the hero commits to the quest, a supernatural helper appears
The helper will often present the hero with a talisman or artifact
Crossing the Threshold
The hero decides to leave the ordinary world
Subsequently, the hero enters a whole different world
Into the unknown
The Challenges
Hero faces an unclear path filled with danger, temptation and loneliness
The hero matures and grows as an individual from the challenges faced during the journey
Abyss is the greatest challenge the hero must face alone
The hero must overcome his greatest fear
The hero is reborn as a new individual
Self revelation and enlightenment occurs where the hero is reborn into a new conscience
Discovery of a new consciousness
Moment of reparation for the hero
A response to the hero's transformation and revelation; hero "at-one" with new self
Reconciliation with ultimate authority figure
Refusal of the Return; realization that the new enlightenment discovered in the journey is more important
Having gained the boon, hero decides to remain where the epiphany is discovered
Finds difficulty retaining the wisdom gained during one's journey
Call to Adventure
Mrs. Watson's Custody of Huck
Pap's Custody of Huck
Discovery of Jim on Jackson island
Huck's desire to be away from development
"I didn't want to go back to the widows anymore and be so cramped up and civilized
Refusal of the Call
Instances where Huck refuses call
When Jim is bitten by the Snake
Dead man in the raft
Encounter with the band of murders
Later in the book --> He doubts himself once he understands what the law entails
Threshold Guardians
(Characters who "pull" Huck):
Tom Sawyer: influences Huck's decision to pursue adventure
Characters who "push" Huck
Mrs. Watson
Supernatural Aid
Though he is not any form of God or Deity, he represents a new father figure and someone bigger than Huck in his lonesome. Also his superstitions make him appear spiritual and supernatural.
His Gifts:
Hiding Huck from the sight of his dead father.
Jim offers Huck an escape and plays the guiding role in Huck's moral maturity
Crossing the Threshold
First sign of Huck's crossover:
Huck's natural affinity with nature

The cross isn't only about physically moving but the crossover in terms of mindset. Huck finds his happiness in this unknown because his heart is in adventure.
The Challenges
Huck’s moral debate over the validity of slavery and consequently his regard to Jim’s character.
Huck’s moral debate over the actions of the King and the Duke.
Huck Finn is left by himself after dauphin sells Jim.
Huck faces fears of repercussion for freeing Jim, fears in regards to his salvation, and fears of sinning.
Huck overcomes his fears and resolves his inner conflict of whether or not he should turn in Jim.
Huck's conquering of Abyss ---> Transformation
Huck conquers the Abyss and controls his fears
Acquires the "ultimate boon," the appreciation of humanity
Progresses and matures with a new conscience
Becomes "at-one" with new beliefs --> atonement
Huck's process of accepting his new beliefs
Atonement with the Father: Huck finds guidance through leading figure of his life.
Huck, who is fatherless and fears God's wrath, finds a role-model through Jim
Does this show that Huck is only returning to the child he was with Widow Douglas and Miss Watson? Or is it a way of Huck leaving behind the society that he no longer wants to conform to? Has he come of age and realized that society should not dictate his actions?
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