TITLE Samuel L. Clemens, or as many people know him by, MarkTwain, was a very avid writer in the ways he showed his emotions throughoutevery piece of work.
His very first works were published in a local newspaperwhich was edited by his brother. His inspiration for writing came from hismother who was known as a fine storyteller. He grew up watching and listeningto slaves who worked on his uncle’s farm which encouraged him to show his experiencesthough his literary works. He also later received an apprenticeship which helpedhim publish some of his most famous works. MarkTwain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) is a novel about therelationship between an African American slave, Jim, and a young white boy,Huck as they travel down the Mississippi River.
The story starts with Huckescaping his hometown to seek adventure while aiding a slave named Jim tofreedom. After Huck impersonates his death and encountering Jim, he promisesnot to tell that Jim is a runaway slave. During this quest, Huck portrays theleadership role to help Jim to freedom. Twain uses the concept of archetypalhero to show how Huck is Jim’s unwilling hero throughout the story. While Huck and Jim are on their quest downthe Mississippi River, Huck is always setting out to do the right thing whichmakes him Jim’s unwilling hero. Huck, who is very hesitant to show his heroqualities throughout the whole novel, puts lots of thought into his actions.
The river in the story is like the “heavens” for the characters while Huck andJim portray the “wilderness” role. Huck faced many challenges along the waythat assisted him in finding freedom for Jim and always tried to do the rightthing for Jim. Shortly after Tom and Huck had scared Jim, Tom whispered that hewanted to “tie Jim to a tree” as a joke.
Huckbegan to feel guilty about what he had done to Jim and did not want to causeany harm to Jim. While Huck pressures himself for doing the wrong thing, whilehis instinct pushes him to do the right thing which portrays the unwilling heroin him again. Another instance when Huck helped himself and Jim get fartherdown the river, Huck said: “I won’t let no runaway niggers get by me if I canhelp it.” During these instances, Hucktries to convince himself that he was actually doing the right thing by helpingJim.They went off and I got aboard the raft, feeling bad andlow; because I knowed very well I had done wrong, and see If warn;t no use forme to try to learn to do right… then I thought a minute, and says to myself,hold on; s’pose you’d ‘a’ done right and giver Jim up, would you felt better thanwhat you do now? No says I, what’s the use you ain’t no trouble to dowrong.(190-191)Huck began to feel guilty about lying forhaving Jim on the raft with him which was illegal andhad trouble with himself trying to see thegood in what he had done for Jim.