ENG 2AE – 01
Monday April 3, 2000
The Quest for Parental Figures in
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Throughout Huck’s journey on the river in pursuit of “freedom,” he may have been indirectly searching for a proper home among the characters whom he encounters. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the characters that represent a parental figure in different aspects of Huck’s development include Mr. Grangerford, the Widow Douglas,
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clear that these three characters, Mr. Grangerford, the widow Douglas, and Jim, are prominent parental figures in Huck’s life and aid him during troubled times. It is with their influences that Huck is able to transform from a boy who followed society’s morals and restrictions, to a boy who follows his heart and own mind.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. USA: Perma-Bound Classics, 1985.
Huckleberry Finn Notes. Toronto: Coles Publishing Company, 1989.