On the surface, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn seems to be a story only involving males. The story consists of twelve year old Huckleberry Finn completing a dream most adolescent boys only think about. He takes off on an adventure down the Mississippi River, while running away from society and his father. On his way, he meets a runaway slave named Jim, along with other male characters as well. The story focuses deeply on these male characters throughout the novel, and only touches upon women characters in small forms. However, when analyzed, the small parts including women show much deeper meanings than they originally appeared to be. Mark Twain portrays woman, as any male in the mid-1800s would; sweet, innocent, and ignorant. When on his journey, Huck comes across women portraying these qualities such as Sally Phelps, the three Wilks sisters, and Sophia Grangerford. By creating women characters that possess these qualities, Twain creates a male superiority in his text.
While on his journey down the Mississippi River, Huck comes across a family named the Grangerfords. They are a tradition, homey Southern family, who are in a feud with the Shepherdsons, a neighboring family. Huck is welcomed to stay a few nights with the Grangerfords, a family consisting of three boys, and two girls. The youngest girl, twenty year old Sophia Grangerford, portrays the typical Southern women of this time. She is kind and angelic as describe by Huck as, “She was gentle and sweet like a dove” (106).
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However Sophia is ignorant in the fact that she does not abide to her families rules. One day she asks Huck to retrieve a note left from Harney Shepherdson, a boy who belongs to the family the Grangerfords are in a feud with. It is a love letter instructing Sophia to meet Harney at half past two in order to run away and get married together. When in love with someone, it is usually accustomed for each partner to want the other to be safe at all times. By seeing Harney, Sophia is doing the opposite, and putting Harney in danger. Sophia knows the rules of her family, and how they are not allowed to see or be friends with any of the Shepherdsons. When having an encounter with any Shepherdson it is accustomed that if you are a Grangerford you must try to immediately kill them. After Sophia and Harney had run away together the Grangerfords took, “guns en rode up de river road for to try to ketch dat young man en kill him” (113).
By coming in contact with Harney, Sophia has put Harney in the risk of being killed. Harney would be safe if Sophia had not been ignorant of her surrounds and situation. Now because she chose to run away, Harney’s life is in danger. Twain chooses to create Sophia as a character who is sweet and innocent like a dove, as well ignorant.
After leaving the Grangerfords, Huck continues on his journey. He picks up two con men that would do anything for money. They stop in several towns along the Mississippi River, and put on poorly produced performances in hopes to gain money. In one town they stopped in the two men heard news about a man, Peter Wilks, who had recently passed away and sent for his two brothers, who he had left much of his fortune to. The con men then decided to pretend they were Peter’s brothers, who had not seen Peter since they were much younger. They enter Peter’s town and met his three daughters; Mary Jane, Susan, and Joanna. The three sister’s show their innocence when they first meet their “uncles.” The sisters are extremely happy to see their uncles, who they think were close to their father. Huck describes Mary Jane when she first sees the con men, “her face and her eyes was all lit up like glory, she was so glad her uncles was come” (163).
The sisters are innocent when they see the con men, they do not think they are being scammed and are overjoyed their “uncles” have come to visit. They later on show their ignorance however when the uncles take the money Peter has left for his brother. The con men publically hand back the money to the girls that they have been given due to Peter’s death. Even though the girls were informed by an intelligent man that their “uncles” have phony accents and therefore are fakes, the girls decided to give the money back to the con men. Due to the girl’s ignorance they a make dumb decision, and this dumb decision portrays the girls as unintelligent. Twain’s creations of these characters make the audience believe that they were sweet and innocent, like any girl would be, but however they should not be allowed to make important decisions because their ignorance.
Man Versus man conflict is an easy element to pick up on in literature and remains to be in literature through all time and style periods. Mark Twain applying man versus man conflict in his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a key to its great success holding up over time. Man versus man conflict relates to all ages and generations which make a book more interesting and enjoyable to read ...
After leaving the Wilks sisters Huck completes his journey on the Mississippi River, and makes a final stop at the Phelps farm. There he meets Sally Phelps, Huck’s friend, Tom Sawyer’s aunt. He stays for a while with Sally, pretending to be Tom, and creates a mother-son relationship with her. She is kind and loving and treats Huck like her own. She is also innocent in the fact that she does not realize that Huck is not related to her. Without question he is taken in and loved unconditionally by Sally. However Sally shows ignorance in the novel as well. When Huck tells Sally about a fake boat crash he mentions only a slave was killed. Her response to Huck was, “Well it’s lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt” (221).
Although Sally is a kind and loving, she does not think of blacks of people. She is ignorant and goes with society’s ways of think slaves have no thoughts and they cannot feel pain, when they really do. Twain portrays Sally in a motherly light who is sweet and innocent, but never the less ignorant.
In this novel, Twain takes advantage of society’s perception of women. The minor women characters he includes all obtain qualities that were thought of women in the time. He creates Sophia Grangerford, the Wilks sisters, and Sally Phelps all as sweet, innocent, and ignorant characters. With all the main male characters involved in the novel, the women are overlooked and seemed as non-important. However with these three qualities reveled in these characters, Twain creates what most of society at that time believed; Male superiority, due to the women’s possession of sweetness, innocence, and ignorance.
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