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Huckleberry Finn: Hero's Journey

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Elyse Reed

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Transcript of Huckleberry Finn: Hero's Journey

Huck's rejection of society and his decision to travel west into the "territory"

"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." (Twain 296)
hero is forced to face external pressure
usually, two polar forces pull individual into different directions
Call to Adventure
Refusal of Call
hero feels the fear of the unknown and is repelled away from adventure
expression of danger and uncertainty
hero encounters an intuitive individual who gives advice, wisdom, courage, and training
Threshold Guardians
after hero commits to quest, a supernatural helper appears
helper often presents hero with a talisman
Supernatural Aid
Crossing the
Threshold
hero decides to leave ordinary world and enters into the unknown
Challenges
hero faces unclear path filled with danger, temptation, and lonliness
hero matures and grows from the challenges along the journey
greatest challenge the hero must face alone
the hero must overcome his greatest fear
the hero is reborn as a new individual
Abyss
Transformation
self-revelation and enlightenment occurs where hero is reborn into a new conscience
discovery of a new consciousness
moment of reparation for hero
response to hero's transformation and revelation; hero "at-one" with new self
Atonement
Return
refusal of return; realization that new enlightenment discovered on journey is more important
having gained boon, hero decides to remain where the epiphany is discovered
finds difficultly retain wisdom gained during journey
Call to Adventure
Thesis
The journey down river and experiences along the way help Huck become his own individual with a matter of opinion and outlook on society.
Miss Watson's custody of Huck
Pap's custody of huck
Discovery of Jim on Jackson Island
"I didn't want to go back to the widow's anymore and be so cramped up and civilized"
"I made up my mind I would fix up some way to leave there." (Twain 24)
Refusal of the Call
Instances:
Huck refuses a civilized lifestyle
Jim is bitten by the snake
Dead man in the raft
Encounter with the band of murderers
Threshold Guardians
Characters who "push" Huck
Tom Sawyer: influences Huck's decision to pursue adventure
Mrs. Watson: teaches Huck to be civilized, which is the exact opposite of what he wants
Pap: Huck wants to get away from his abusive father
Supernatural Aid
Jim serves not as a God or Deity but as a father figure to Huck who represents something bigger than Huck's loneliness
His superstitions make him appear spiritual and somewhat supernatural
offers an escape from Huck's internal conflicts and plays a guiding role in his moral maturity.
hides Huck from the sight of his dead father
"Come in Huck, but don't look at his face— it's too gashly. I didn't look at him at all." (Twain 50)
Crossing the Threshold
Huck escapes from Pap's cabin and travels to Jackson's Island
boards the raft with Jim to leave his problems behind, but encounters new difficulties along the journey
Challenges
Huck's moral conflict over the validity of slavery and consequently his regard to Jim's character
“People will call me a low down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don’t make no difference. I ain’t agoing to tell, and I ain’t agoing back there anyways.”
Huck's moral debate over the actions of the duke and king
The Abyss

Huck is alone after dauphin sells Jim
He forced to confront his fear of loneliness and cope with his depression without Jim
He feels responsible for Jim's escape
Huck and Tom develop a plan to free Jim
Transformation
Huck conquers the Abyss and learns how to deal with his fears
He challenges and rejects the ideals of society
Atonement
Jim reveals that the corpse in the log cabin was Pap
Huck uses his experiences as a juxtaposition for his view of society
Huck benefits from Jim's fatherly attributes
The Return
Questions
Does this show that Huck is only returning to the child he was? Or is it a way of him leaving behind the society he no longer wants to conform to? Has he come of age and realized that society should not dictate his actions?
Rationale
Huckleberry Finn: The Hero's Journey

Avery Richardson, Elyse Reed, Nicole Grande, & Emi Prange
Huck rejects society's beliefs and social norms and wants to be in control of his own life when he goes off into the territory. His experiences within society helped him develop his own sense of morality sparking the yearing to leave society.
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