Analysis Of Huckleberry Finn The Red Badge

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Analysis Of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge Of Courage, And The Catcher And The Rye Essay, Research Paper Teenagers everywhere have experienced an emotional bond with the characters Huckleberry Fin, Henry Fleming, and Holden Caulfield while reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Catcher in the Rye. Huck?s adventure down the Mississippi, Henry?s challenging experience in the Civil War, and Holden?s weekend of self examination in New York City present various views of the transition of the adolescent into adulthood. All three characters evolve from na?ve, innocent children to adult men, sharing their experiences, personal interactions, and emotions thus relating to the reader?s own teenage years. Huckleberry Finn shares his story, a young

boy running away from his oppressive father, as his many adventures chronicle his change into a man. Huck Finn grows up in the sense that he loses his youthful innocence and becomes a mature young man. His first step as a naive innocent child is the simple desire to escape from his abusive father, Pap. Huck is trying to escape his corrupt past, but on the river Huck still faces corruption and inevitably loses his innocent view of the world. Huck witnesses the Grangerforld and Shepahrdson feud, an angry lynch mob, and Duke and King tarred and feathered by the town?s people. ?It made me so sick I almost fell out of the tree. I ain?t agoing to tell all that happened- it would make me sick again if I was to do that. I wish I hadn?t ever come ashore that night, to see such things

(Twain, 87).? Huck is inexperienced and uneducated, but is expressing his true feelings that the human race is barbaric. Still trying to escape, Huck continues down the river. He is constantly challenged to question his society and the human race, and his final challenge comes when he is forced to make a moral decision over his dilemma about Jim. The prejudice and the hypocrisy of the society he has always known challenges the actions Huck is taking to set Jim free. Huck must decide to either go with the values he was raised or go with his inner desire to save Jim. ?Alright then I?ll go to hell (Twain, 162).? He decides as he rips up his letter turning in Jim. Even though Huck thinks he is morally making the wrong choice, the decision goes against society?s views about the

inferior and subhuman black race. Developing a moral ideologue and becoming a man, Huck has become an individual, making the decision himself, living his life the way he wants, and not living his life the way society expects him to. By this decision, Huck sacrifices himself for another human being, taking his final step towards becoming a man. Henry shares his voyage from a young coward to a brave man as he experiences the American Civil War. Henry goes off to war as an ordinary farm boy with na?ve, romantic views of the glory of war. ?They (battles) might not be distinctly Homeric, but there seemed to be much glory in them. He had read of marches, sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all (Crane, 3).? With this romantic idea of war, he dreams of becoming a hero, yet

when the battle begins despite his romantic vision, Henry?s immaturity causes him to flee. Henry?s escape from battle is the act of a child, and he does not realize the severity of his desertion. With childish innocence, he decides to return to his regiment as if nothing has occurred. However before returning, Henry receives what he pretends is a red badge of courage, a battle wound. Henry pretends he received his red badge of courage in battle to allow him to continue his fantasy. Upon returning, Henry watches his long time friend die bravely after fighting in battle, and begins to realize his immaturity, realizing that war is neither about heroism nor victory, but life or death. ?He (Henry) had grown to regard himself merely as part of a vast blue demonstration (Crane, 7).?