Huck Finn's Father Figure

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Huckleberry Finn’s True Father Figure It is extremely important for every individual to have a father figure in his or her life. A father figure is someone that supports you and stands by your side through everything. You can always count on your father to be there for you when you’re in need. Unfortunately, Huckleberry Finn’s actual father wasn’t there for him. Jim was more of a father figure in Huck’s life rather than his actual father. The opening of the book displays a series of events for Huck, " Huck awaits the arrival of his father, escapes him, rushes off in a blaze of ambivalence with his alternate father, Jim." (Segal 20) Just like any child, Huck was in need of a father in his life. He couldn’t talk to the Widow about everything and she wasn’t really his “family.” Huck was extremely rebellious growing up because he didn’t have a father figure tell him right from wrong. The only person Huck could relate to was his friend Tom Sawyer; unfortunately Tom wasn’t the best role model for Huck. Huck’s father was a drunk that was never there when he needed him. Pap, Huck’s father, was extremely selfish; instead of being happy for Huck, Pap would always try to put him down. Pap didn’t like the fact that Huck was in school. Pap thought Huck was trying to out do him, "You've put on considerable many frills since I been away. I'll take you down a peg before I get done with you. You're educated, too, they say -- can read and write. You think you're better'n your father, now, don't you, because he can't? I'll take it out of you. Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey? -- who told you you could?" (Twain 26) Pap couldn’t stand how well Huck was doing without him, "Starchy clothes -- very. You think you're a good deal of a big-bug, don't you?" (Twain 26) You would think that Pap would be happy for Huck, because he was able to be pretty

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