Huck is running away from "sivilization", or is he running away from his very
abusive drunken father?
He states in the beginning of the novel, "The Widow Douglas she took me for her
son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time,
considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; so when I
couldn't stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again
and was free and satified" (Twain 1). This is where Huck establishes his opposition to
"sivilizing," which is natural for a thirteen-year-old boy rebelling against his parents
and other authorities. Huck also goes on to associate civilization and respectability with
a childish game like Tom Sawyer's band of robbers.
When Huck finds out that his father has come back to town after not
hearing from him for over a year Huck becomes very superstition. One day during the
winter Huck finds his father's tracks in the snow on the other side of the fence outside his
window. The way that he knows that they are his father's foot prints is that his father
madea cross in his left boot-heel to keep off the devil. Huch went to Jim for some advise
on what he should do so he asked Jim if he could use his hairball that was supposed to be
tell the future. But it would not talk because it needed an incentive to tell the so-called
reasoning of why his father would be here. The hairball supposedly said "Dey's two
angels hoverin' roun' 'bout him. One uv 'em is white en shiny, en t'other one is black.
De white one gits him to go right, a little while, den de black one sail in en bust it all up.
A body can't tell, yit, which one gwyne to fetch him at de las'. But you is all right"
(Twain 15). Later that day Huck goes back to his room after his meal and finds his father
sitting there on his bed. Huck's father says that...