The age and background of Huck are as important as his personality. Huck is a child, only about thirteen years old, who comes from the lowest levels of white society. His father is a drunk and a thug who disappears for months on end. Huck himself is dirty and frequently homeless. From the very beginning of Huck's story, Huck clearly states that he did not want to conform to society; "The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me... I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again, and was free and satisfied." Huck becomes skeptical of the world around him, and constantly looks to distance himself from it. Since he is a child, Huck is always vulnerable. Any adult he encounters has power over him. This allows Twain to compare Huck to Jim, who, as a slave, is also vulnerable to whites, even to a poor white child such as Huck.
Huck's experiences as he travels down the river force him to question the things he's been taught. Ac...