Children are born into perfect worlds, where they don’t have to worry about anything or anyone. As time goes by and life continues, they are affected by society and environment around them which allows them to think and get to their own conclusions about different aspects of the everyday life. Huck Finn is a very complex character in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ” He grows as a character through many different experiences and develops consciousness throughout the novel. Growing up, Huck did not have the best childhood.
He was adopted by a woman named Widow Douglas and her sister, who is known as Miss Watson. These two women try to make Huck understand what it’s like to live as a normal boy. They teach him manners, make him go to church and school, and are always trying to help him do the right things, but these are things Huck is not interested in doing. Huck is only trying to live up to these women’s expectations for his best friend, Tom Sawyer, who has found a large stash of gold. Tom will not let Huck have some of the gold if he is not respectable and has morals.
When Huck’s father finds out about the amount of money that Huck has, he tries to get him back. With the help of a new, inexperienced judge, Huck’s father gets his wish. Huck does not want to go live with his father because his father is a drunk who beat him almost every night after having him locked up in a cabin all day. Huck has the urge to think for himself and not follow any rules because of this. Huck yearns to be let out of this life his father has trapped him in, resulting in his escape shortly after. He fakes his death by killing a pig, leaving the pigs blood all around the house for his father to find.
When he escapes, he hides out on Jackson’s Island and watches the townspeople search for his body. Shortly after, one of Miss Watson’s slaves, Jim, appears on the island along with him. Though Huck was afraid of the consequences that would come from helping a runaway slave, he liked the company and didn’t feel as lonely as he had on his first few days on the island. Huck and Jim are living peacefully on the island until one of them finds out that someone suspects that Jim is living on the island and that there is a reward to anybody who can find Jim and bring him back to his owner, forcing them to leave.
They have devised a well thought out plan which includes stealing money from robbers and heading off to a state that prohibits slavery. While going downriver on the raft on one foggy night, they pass up the mouth of the Ohio River and come across a group of men that are looking for escaped slaves. At this point, Huck is at war with himself of whether he should continue trying to save Jim, or to save himself. He decides to lie to the men in order to save himself and Jim at the same time. This shows that Huck is maturing a bit because he is not only thinking of himself.
Later on, a steamboat crashes into their raft, separating Huck and Jim, though days later Jim finds Huck again with the repaired raft and they take off on their journey once again. On their way, they encounter two men that are being persuaded by armed robbers. Huck and Jim find out that the two men are con artists and they pull small scams in the little towns that they stop at. But after those few, the con artists commit the worst of all which was selling Jim to a local farmer, telling him that Jim was a runaway that the owner was offering a large reward for the person that finds and returns him.
Huck aims to save Jim, once again. When Huck finds out where Jim is, he finds out that the people holding Jim as their slave is Tom Sawyers aunt and uncle, who mistake him for Tom himself. Huck has a plan to free Jim, but he makes it more difficult than it really needs to be because Jim isn’t as secured as most slaves would be. Finding Tom on his way to his aunt and uncle’s house, Huck explains his whole plan to him. Though Tom isn’t very interested in helping Huck, he does anyway and pretends to be his own younger brother named Sid.
Making Tom’s aunt miserable, Huck and Tom manage to free Jim; but on the way out, someone shoots Tom in the leg and Huck has to get a doctor and Jim also stays to help Tom, jeopardizing any chances he had of being a free man. They are all forced to return to Tom’s aunt and uncle’s house, where Jim is put back in chains. The next morning, Tom tells his aunt that Jim was really a free slave because Miss Watson, his owner, had died two months earlier and in her will had requested that Jim be freed when she died.
Tom told them that the whole escape idea had been a joke of his and that he had offered Jim money to play along, resulting in Jim’s freedom at last. When Tom’s other aunt, Polly, comes in, she identifies the two boys as Huck and Tom, not as Tom and Sid. Huck, terrified for his future, thinking his father will appear and make him go back to the life he was once forced to live, is relieved when Jim tells him that the townspeople had found a body floating off of Jackson Island who was identified as his father.
Hearing this, Aunt Sally offers to adopt Huck, but Huck refuses because his level of maturity has increased since he was on his own. He learned to care for the safety of others and to be respectful of other people. Huck believed he learned more on his own pace than he had with someone trying to push it on him all at once. It was obvious how much he had matured since the beginning of the story.