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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

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Quote #4

He said he'd cowhide me till I was black and blue if I didn't raise some money for him. I borrowed three dollars from Judge Thatcher, and pap took it and got drunk, and went a-blowing around and cussing and whooping and carrying on; (5.31)

Pap shows no shame in his public displays of drunkenness. It’s a huge part of who he is –see our thoughts on him in his "Character Analysis."

Quote #5

…so every now and then I'd borrow two or three dollars off of the judge for him, to keep from getting a cowhiding. Every time he got money he got drunk; and every time he got drunk he raised Cain around town; and every time he raised Cain he got jailed. He was just suited – this kind of thing was right in his line. (6.1)

Pap’s alcoholism is cyclical in nature, and Huck has come to expect drinking binges and violence from his father.

Quote #6

Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store, three miles, to the ferry, and traded fish and game for whisky, and fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time, and licked me.

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The old man made me go to the skiff and fetch the things he had got. There was a fifty-pound sack of corn meal, and a side of bacon, ammunition, and a four-gallon jug of whisky, and an old book and two newspapers for wadding, besides some tow. (6.3-8)

For Huck’s father, alcohol has become a priority over food and other necessities. Huck’s dad takes his need to feed the addiction to hurtful levels.

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