Character Qualities or Flaws

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Emma J. Alden
Character Qualities or Flaws
Bethel University
Week 5 12A30

Samuel Clemens is a well know author from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. He wrote many books as well as short stories. Two of his most well-known books are Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin. These books and the characters were based on what was occurring at time of the writings, example; the end to the Civil War, and his own life experiences. Some of these characters he admired and some he did not. Still, all of them make these two books a great read to all people. Let us look at some of these characters he portrays in the story of Huckleberry Finn.

The novel of Huckleberry Finn was written at the end of the Civil War, at the time slavery was coming to an end. The southerners did not want to give up slavery as they needed these men and women to attend to their farmland, as this was their main source of income in the south during this time. After this war, Congress amended the Constitution to abolish slavery but this did not hold up in all of the states. This book is written from this time period. The first character to be discussed is Huck himself. Twain has portrayed Huck to be an intelligent and thoughtful individual. A young boy of 13, whose father is a drunk and leaves for months on end, eventually dying, leaving Huck homeless, dirty and hungry. An elder widow takes Huck into her home and tries to reform him; gives him schooling and religious training that he never got with his father. Huck is too set in his ways to stay here and would rather be living on the streets than conform to the rules of the widow. Once again he goes on his own, meeting up with different individuals. Twain fits in with this character as he grew up in a poor family, his father’s investments never panned out the way he’d intended. Secondly,…...

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