Huck Finn Essay

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In the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, there are many different views on societal situations that are conveyed through many circumstances in the book. Friendship plays a main part in the book and most of the book is focused on Huck finding a loyal friend in the slave, Jim, and eventually becoming one himself. Huck has a very definite view on friendship and feels like anyone who does not meet every criteria is an unsuitable friend. Many of these conflicts that Huck faces in choosing friends wisely and fitting in are still being pondered upon to this day. Huckleberry Finn pictures friendship as a relationship full of love, trust, togetherness, and loyalty. He values his friendship and expects his friends to treat him with the utmost respect and loyalty, though he may not always treat them the same. Huck is a good-hearted child—contrary to his surroundings and sometimes his actions--and is constantly searching for a friend to fill the void of his father who was never there. Most of the people in today’s society would consider friendship to be defined as, above all, trust. When choosing a friend, you want someone that you can trust with anything. Also, define friendship as someone that is able to respect you as a person and be loyal to your friendship. Without meeting these three criteria, one not consider a person to be their friend. Huck has a very strong need for friendship. This becomes more apparent throughout the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck seems to constantly be searching for a place of belonging in the beginning of the story. With an abusive father such as Huck’s this seems to be expected. After being tossed around from home to home, he finds a place with the Widow Douglass. The Widow Douglass sees Huck as a rebel. She tries to conform Huck by teaching him manners, religion, and how to read. Huck,

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