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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain
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How does Huck relate to other characters in the novel?

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Huck is amazingly nonchalant about his hateful, abusive father; although he fears Pap's drunken beatings, and he does his best to avoid him, Huck doesn't appear to carry a grudge. Acceptance seems to be the norm for Huck, no matter who he encounters. Jim is an escaped slave, and Huck...

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Huck is amazingly nonchalant about his hateful, abusive father; although he fears Pap's drunken beatings, and he does his best to avoid him, Huck doesn't appear to carry a grudge. Acceptance seems to be the norm for Huck, no matter who he encounters. Jim is an escaped slave, and Huck makes no bones about his own racism, yet he accepts Jim as a companion and even learns to respect him as a fellow human being.

Huck accepts people for who they are, but that doesn't mean that he befriends everyone he meets; the Duke and the Dauphin are an example of Huck's insight into human nature. He recognizes them as "rapscallions." Huck's admiration of the Grangerford family and their gaudy interior decorating scheme is due to his ignorance as much as his tendency to accept others.  

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