The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn question

Official: Is Huck a Hero?
Kristin Kristin Nov 13, 2011 02:33PM
As promised...
In your opinion, is Huck an Epic Hero (or Archetypal Hero) based on Joseph Campbell's definition? Use at least two citations (from the worksheet, movie, critical paper, or class discussion) in your answer.

Mrandrebb (last edited Apr 02, 2012 07:25PM ) Apr 02, 2012 07:25PM   0 votes
Yes. Yes. Yes he is heroic. Remember when he realizes he can't live with the morals he's been taught his whole life and literally decides to damn himself to Hell rather than sending Jim back to slavery? That is action, and it's a big deal, especially coming from a kid in 1840s Missouri who really does believe that he's betraying his family and their friends, society, and his church, and that there will be serious consequences for his refusal to give up Jim.

Hero. QED.

He is a picaresque hero.

I wouldn't really call Huck a true hero by any means except that he did bring Jim to freedom so that's what I could call heroism in a small format.

Saffia (last edited Apr 02, 2012 04:36PM ) Apr 02, 2012 04:35PM   0 votes
He is a hero, but not by any outsanding actions. He just acted like the decent and common sense kind of person he was. Circumstance came where he saw a person in trouble and tried to help him out!

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