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by Mark Twain

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What are examples of Huck Finn learning to grow up and how does this maturity grow throughout the story?

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During the course of their journey down the Mississippi River, Huck and Jim develop a strong bond of friendship and mutual respect born of their shared experiences escaping from their very different forms of captivity and resulting from the numerous adventures they encounter along their way.  Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of Huck’s maturation as he runs away from the suffocating environment of the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson, and finds himself forced to take care of himself while helping the escaped slave Jim evade capture.  In the novel’s beginning, Huck is characteristically immature in his perceptions of his life and surroundings.  Restrictive though his environment may be, he is too young and immature to appreciate how good he actually has it relative to many around him.  He continuously laments his fate and conspires to break the bonds forced upon him by the Widow Douglas while dreaming of independence – the kind of...

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