How would you like to have a drunk, abusive father? Well in Huckleberry Finn’s everyday life that’s what he has to deal with. Huck’s father, which he calls Pap, has a really bad drinking problem which adds on to his abusive ways. In this story Huck inherited a large sum of money and the towns people knew that Pap would be coming for him and the money. Pap is characterized different from the novel, the movie, and Big River, can he really be compassionate? Pap seems to be victimized by the government as the town drunk and not a good role model for his son, but it turns around when he shows compassion when he thinks Huck has died. In the movie Huck portrays his death so he could escape his abusive father.
When Pap arrives to the made up murder scene he seems very upset. Pap started crying and screaming at the thought of his son being murdered. The money that Huck inherited was the driving force for Pap to be reunited with him. The made up death however shows that Pap wanted to be a part of Huck’s life. Pap wanted what was best for Huck. It seemed like Pap wanted to be a part of Huck’s life that’s why he brought Huck out to the cabin to where no one could civilize him.
In the novel, Pap didn’t seem to care about Huck. The only reason he wanted to take Huck into his custody was for the money so he could buy alcohol, as that’s what the people in the town thought. Huck was afraid of his father since he always abused him. “I used to be scared of him all the time, he tanned me so much.
... The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn young Huck seems to have two fathers. Pap, his biological father, and Jim, the runaway slave ... when he found out Huck was left a large sum of money. Jim was only in Huck s life to ... help him and that s is why he was a true father to Huck ... . Early in the story Pap kidnaps Huck and locks him in the ...
I reckoned I was scared now, too” (Twain 19).
Huck was in a good home, living with Widow Douglas and Mrs. Watson; he was actually getting educated and the positive teaching such as praying as he should. “She told me to pray everyday” (Twain 12).
Pap didn’t want that; he didn’t feel the need for his son to be educated if he wasn’t. “You ” re educated, too, they say — can read and write.
You think you ” re better’n your father, now, don’t you, because he can’t?” (Twain 21).
Even though Pap was very abusive, a drunk and seemed to be really mean, he struggled through the death of his son. In Big River, Pap and Huck are victimized by the government. The song “Guv ” men”, The song “Guv ” men”, shows the struggle Pap has with the government.
“Oh, how I hate that Guv ” men” (Miller).
The only way Pap could get away from the government was to take his son away to the cabin. Pap thinks it was all right to abuse his son, and to take money from him because he had complete control. It doesn’t really stat about the death of his son in “Big River”, but no matter what it still has to add some feeling through Pap since Huck was his only son, and that he wanted to take Huck away from everyone but seen what happened. Pap seems to be victimized by the government as the town drunk and not a good role model for his son, but he turns around when he shows compassion when he thinks Huck has died.
Pap cared about Huck, but he didn’t express it like some fathers do. Pap taking Huck to the cabin to get away from being educated and civilized wasn’t bad, according to Pap’s mind. Pap just thought he was just doing what was best for Huck. The fact is, Pap does show his hidden compassion when he believes his son has died no matter how many bad things Pap did to his son, he did care for him in his own way. Works Cited The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Dir.
Stephen Somers. Performers Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Robbie Coltrane, John Robards. Walt Disney Pictures, 1986.
Miller, Roger. Big River. Prod. Jimmy Bowen. Lynnwood Productions, 1985 Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
... the plight of slaves to the plight of Huck at the hands of Pap, Twain demonstrates how impossible it is for a society ... occur until 1887, three years after the publication of Huck Finn). Still, as Twain worked on his novel, race relations, which seemed ... judge in town allows Pap to keep custody of Huck. The judge privileges Pap's "rights" to his son over Huck's welfare. Clearly, this ...
New York: Barton Books, 1981.