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What is a quote Huck uses that shows he is immature in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:33 AM via web

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What is a quote Huck uses that shows he is immature in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Although Huck is uneducated and young, he sometimes says very insightful things.  At the same time, he often says things that demonstrate his immaturity.  Twain introduces us to Huck’s often strangely endearing reasoning on the first page.  After explaining about how Twain mostly told the truth, he goes on to explain his problem with the widow.

Huck does not understand the Widow’s interest in religion, because none of the men in the Bible are related to her.

Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone, you see, yet finding a power of fault with me for doing a thing that had some good in it. (ch 1, p. 6)

Huck is interested in the Biblical stories at first, until he discovers that none of the men are still alive.  Then he loses his interest.  This demonstrates a real lack of maturity in Huck’s thinking.  He is incapable of imagination and appreciating religion or story.  He only cares about real life and the present moment.

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