A father is someone a child can lean on, look up to, and even strive to be and in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck himself is seen as a boy who doesn’t have much of a fatherly influence on him. Growing up under the Widow Douglas 's care, Huck had to be a father to his own self and learn several skills a father might teach his son. During the course of the novel, however, Huck meets a variety of men who take on the role of “father” and they influence him greatly. Throughout Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, , Huck went on a journey to escape his old life and during the process, Huck encountered several men who not only influenced the way the boy acted in a situation, but they played a fatherly figure role for Huck in the absence of his real father, Pap. The men all played different roles in Huck 's life, but all were still a father to the boy. From Jim to the duke and the king, the men in Huck 's life play a major role in influencing not only his morals, but also his behavior throughout the novel.
The first man who plays the role of father to Huck in the absence of his real father is Judge Thatcher. In the beginning of the novel, the judge watches out for Huck and makes sure he is safe while living with the Widow Douglass. For example, in the novel Twain incorporates aspects of Adventures of Tom Sawyer and in that story, both Tom and Huck end up discovering a ton of gold in a cave. Having obtained so much gold, Huck is now richer than his real father and Judge Thatcher is the one who advises the boy about his inheritance by saying, “You better let me invest it along with your six thousand, because if you take it you’ll spend it” (Twain 16). The judge is a wise man by advising Huck of the...
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...d, Jim reveals to Huck, “He ain’t a comin’ back no mo’, Huck” (293). By keeping the secret that Pap was dead revealed Jim’s sensitivity towards Huck and his willingness to protect him from not only physical things, but also mental things that may scare him for life.
Huck encounters several men throughout the course of the novel and in one way or another; they all play a role in influencing the morals and character of Huck. From Judge Thatcher who taught Huck to be smart when it comes to money, to Jim who revealed to Huck that sometimes things have to be kept hidden in order to ensure one 's safety, Huck is changed completely by the influences of the men. A fatherly figure is exactly what every child needs in life and Huck is lucky to of found men like Jim, the judge, and the duke and the king to show him ways to live his life and how other people should be treated.
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