Huck Finn Essay

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Figueroa 1 Wyatt Figueroa Mrs. McFadden English 3A Period 7 (11-17-2010) Dig Deep and Feel Free Mark Twain was a brilliant man, full of humor, and tons of satire; above all, Twain was brilliant writer. More than 100 years have gone by and we study his works to this day. Mark Twain’s beliefs remain stronger than ever. That could be why The Adventure Huckberry Finn has been called the basis of American literature. It reads “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.”(Huck’s big decision Chapter 30). At this point in the story Huck Finn is at war with himself. He doesn’t know if he should sell out Jim (a runaway slave, and a dear friend) or continue helping Jim reach freedom and burn in hell. These few lines have so much more than what meets the eye, in these short lines there are three important messages I would like to elaborate on, or dig deep and feel free. First of all, one might not see this quote to be the stepping stones of true friendship, but it is. Keep in mind this book was written when slavery was at its prime. It was thought that Blacks where less than human, and to help a slave to his/or her freedom was a sin and one would be sure to burn in hell, and to help a runaway slave was punishable by death and well burn in hell. Figueroa2 That’s why Huck was “trembling” because he is scared of burning in hell for helping Jim to freedom. Somehow Huck digs down deep pushes his fear aside and rips a piece of paper that could sell out Jim! This meant that Huck would rather burn in hell then sell out a friend. To me this clearly states Huck as the definition of a true friend. In addition to a deeper meaning, Huck shows that what is cool is not always right. And what is right is not always cool. A

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