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Who is Pap Finn in "The Adventures of Huck Finn"?  What does he do?

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jboggsroxmisox | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2008 at 12:34 AM via web

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Who is Pap Finn in "The Adventures of Huck Finn"?  What does he do?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 18, 2008 at 12:51 AM (Answer #2)

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Pap Finn is the alcoholic father of Huckleberry Finn. He is a mean, abusive father who kidnaps his own son in order to get the money that Huck recovered from Injun Joe. He serves as a contrast to Jim, a black slave, who,ironically, is a much better father figure to Huck than his own white dad. After one night when Pap almost kills Huck in a drunken rage, Huck is forced to leave St. Petersburg in order to save his own life. When Huck decides he must leave Pap, he kills a pig and covers Pap's cabin in pig's blood in order to make Pap think Huck is dead. Both literally and metaphorically, this results in Huck's "death" to his old values and a rebirth to new values as he sets off on his journey with Jim down the Mississippi River.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 18, 2008 at 12:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Pap Finn in Huck's drunken and abusive father,  who tries to extort Huck's money, and who eventually kidnaps him and imprisons him in a cabin in the woods near the river.  Huck escapes, and his father is discovered dead in a washed out house by Jim.

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melissa1106 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 13, 2014 at 9:02 PM (Answer #4)

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Pap Finn is Huck's dad. He is very cruel and abusive to Huck. He is gone for most of Huck's life. He comes back when he hears that huck has money. He only wants the money and does not truly care for his son. He kidnaps him and brings him to the woods, forcing him to give him the money and into labor.

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chuckett | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 20, 2008 at 2:33 AM (Answer #3)

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Pap Finn is Huck's abusive and alcoholic father.

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