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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, what does Huck believe a person should do when he or she feels lonely?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM (Answer #1)

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Early in the novel, Huck finds himself alone at the top of an island in the Mississippi River. He has recently faked his own death and is considering what he will do. 

Alone at his camp, Huck begins to get lonesome. Earlier that day the search party passed him, firing cannon to raise his body from the water. Now at night he sat:

"and counted the stars and drift-logs and rafts that come down...there ain't no better way to put in time when you are lonesome; you can't stay so, you soon get over it."

Thus begins Huck's expression of his affinity for nature; for a life in the open and in freedom. In pursuit of this life, Huck later continues down the river with Jim, seeking adventure for himself, freedom from his past, and freedom for Jim. 

Huck's passion for nature is expressed most often when he is travelling on the river, looking at the land from the perspective of a boat or raft. He takes solace in nature, reflectively, as he watches the land pass by. 

Important for this ethic in Huck is the notion that he is actually moving when he enjoys nature. His situation of active freedom is part of his experience of nature. This includes his enjoyment of storms, which occur throughout the first half of the novel.

The storms do not bother Huck at all. He is quite ready to accept their beauty while he continues to move down the river.

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