Illustration of a man on a dock facing the water

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain
Start Free Trial

What would you say are the reasons for Huck's low self-esteem?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Huck falls in an age group, from around 12-16, where support systems at home and society are most important to assure the safety and security of the growing child.

Unfortunately for Huck, he is basically an abandoned child- who is also emotionally scarred by an alcoholic father who not only deserts...

See
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

Huck falls in an age group, from around 12-16, where support systems at home and society are most important to assure the safety and security of the growing child.

Unfortunately for Huck, he is basically an abandoned child- who is also emotionally scarred by an alcoholic father who not only deserts him, but once he is back with him, beats him up.

Huck had no concept of what normality was, and living with Widow Douglas was no picnic either. He depended on whoever gave him the attention that he deserved, and the only place he got it from was probably Jim.  

On and all, Poor Huck is literally alone in this world.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team