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Jim said that bees won't sting idiots, but I didn't believe that, because I tried them lots of times myself and they wouldn't sting me.
~ Huck believes that he is not an idiot.

Huckleberry Finn is an anti-heroic major character in Tom Sawyer book series, serving as the deuteragonist of 1876 adventure novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the titular main protagonist and the narrator of 1884 adventure novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the narrator of Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective.


Biography

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Huckleberry Finn was the son of a drunkard, Pap Finn. He usually finds shelter on doorsteps when the weather is fair, in empty hogsheads during a storm, and he live off of what he receives from others. In other words, Huck lives the life like a vagabond person.

Huck is called a "poor motherless thing" by Tom's Aunt Polly. Huck confessed to Tom that he has memories of his mother and his parents' fighting that ended only when she died.

Huckleberry lives a carfree life from society norms or rules, taking items such as watermelons and chickens; he "borrows" boats and cigars. He doesn't receive much education due to his unconventional childhood.

In the end, Huckleberry is an adopted child by the Widow Douglas, who is sending him to school as return for him saving her life.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huck, the narrator, was brought up by his father, Pap Finn, who asks him to give him his money. The Widow Douglas attempted to "sivilize" him and Pap captures him from her. However, he manages to run into Jackson's Island where he meets Jim, the slave of Miss Watson, who is also Widow Douglas's sister.

Huck and Jim take a raft down the Mississippi River, and make a plan to escape north into Ohio river, in an attempt to set Jim free from slavery and to escape from his alcoholic father. Their adventures fill out the book for the most part.

In the end, Jim is set free by Miss Watson through her will, and Huck lives in St. Petersburg again. In Abroad, Huck joined Tom and Jim on an adventure that took them across the sea. In Detective, Huck helps Tom Sawyer solve a mystery.

Personality

He is an innocent and superstitious boy and has a well-developed sense of morals. Huckleberry lives a carfree life from society norms or rules, as shown in his adventures. For example, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he steals items such as watermelons and chickens; he "borrows" boats and cigars. Huckleberry Finn is also an archetype of innocence, able to see the right things despite prejudices in the South of the United States. It is ultimately shown when he makes a decision to set Jim free from slavery.

Appearance

Huck is thirteen or fourteen years old in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and 12 or 13 year old in the first book. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, his appearance is described. He wears clothing of full-grown men which he probably recieves as charity. He has a torn hat and his trousers only are supported by a single suspender.

Trivia

  • He shares the same name with one of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, Huckleberry Hound.
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