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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Youth Quotes

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Quote #4

It was my watch below till twelve, but I wouldn't a turned in anyway if I'd had a bed, because a body don't see such a storm as that every day in the week, not by a long sight. My souls, how the wind did scream along! And every second or two there'd come a glare that lit up the white-caps for a half a mile around, and you'd see the islands looking dusty through the rain, and the trees thrashing around in the wind; then comes a H-WHACK! – bum! bum! bumble-umble-um-bum-bum- bum-bum – and the thunder would go rumbling and grumbling away, and quit – and then RIP comes an- other flash and another sockdolager. (20.11)

We see Huck’s youth in his childlike fascination with thunderstorms.

Quote #5

"All right, then, I'll GO to hell" – and tore it up. (31.25)

Despite the sophistication of his internal moral debates, Huck’s decision has a playful and youthful tone to it.

Quote #6

It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming. I shoved the whole thing out of my head, and said I would take up wickedness again, which was in my line, being brung up to it, and the other warn't. And for a starter I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery again; and if I could think up anything worse, I would do that, too; because as long as I was in, and in for good, I might as well go the whole hog. (31.26)

Huck reveals his youth when he tries to view religion and morality in an all-or-nothing fashion. At this point, he still often sees certain decisions in black and white. Later on he starts to see that certain issues have a complicated gray area. Trying to sort out problems that can’t be viewed in black-or-white is hard for Huck, but by using his analytic skills he begins to make sense of difficult situations.

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