How does Huckleberry Finn depict a conflict between a parental figure and a son/daughter?What are the sources of conflict and how do these conflicts contribute to the meaning of the book?

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If you look at the first conflict between Huck and Pap, his dad, you find a couple interesting things.

Pap has returned to try and get some of the money that he has heard Huck has, specifically the six grand or so that Huck quickly gets the judge to take care of for him.  Pap obviously feels that whatever his son has should be available to him and tries very hard to get it from the judge.

Huck has also begun to change rather seriously his outlook on the world as he has learned and taken some interest in the ways of the world.  Pap also resents this as he never went to school or learned to read and considers them hi-falutin and useless.

Twain was very outspoken about his views about ignorance, not necessarily equated with formal schooling, but in how to treat people and how to understand them.  As Huck begins to learn these things, the contrast with Pap demonstrates some of Twain's attitude towards willful ignorance.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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