The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, what life lessons does Huck learn from his journey?

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One of the most important lessons that Huck learns is that adults are not always right in their thinking and decisions. He has always been submissive towards adult authority, although he is contemptuous of it, and he assumes that even obvious con-men and dullards like the Duke and Dauphin have some knowledge of the world that he lacks. However, events show him over and over that everyone is fallible, especially when it comes to the treatment of slaves. While Huck never fully embraces...

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My new novel, Huckleberry Finn Grows Up, which will be published in a week or two, deals precisely with this issue.  One thing Huck learns is that black people are human and have the same feelings (for insstance, love of family) as white people do.  Another thing he learns is that his vision of the right thing to do (help Jim escape) is different from the vision of the society around him (turn Jim in); he learns to trust himself and his own view of right and wrong.

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