In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn author Mark Twain establishes characteristics in Huck Finn that make him a classic American hero. Huck Finn is a good example of a classic American hero because he embodies the characteristics of escape, individuality, and freedom.
One characteristic that shows that Huck Finn is a classic American hero is his sense of escape. For example, Huck escapes from Pap on canoe and makes it look like murder (Twain, 36-43). Huck doesn't respect Pap at all because Pap is stupid and is the town's drunk. Huck would go to the extreme by staging his death just to escape his father because Pap abuses him. In addition, Huck escapes his whole town by traveling down the Mississippi River on a raft. Huck was determined enough to escape everything in his town and doesn't want anything to do with anybody in that town. This is because he is trying to start a new life by sailing down the Mississippi River on a raft. Huck is also not afraid of change because he is always moving or running from something. Escape characterizes Huck Finn as a classic American hero. .
Another characteristic that expresses Huck as a classic American hero is his sense of individuality. For example, Huck dresses up as a girl to gain information from the townspeople (Twain, 66- 74). Huck's individuality is expressed because not many young boys would think of dressing up as a girl just to get information from the town. Huck is also daring enough to risk being caught by any of the townspeople. In addition, Huck didn't tell anyone that he saw Miss Watson's slave, Jim, run away (Twain, 44-56). At this time and in this situation just about every white boy would tell someone that a slave ran away. Also Huck doesn't care about what other people think and believes everybody should be free. Huck's sense of individuality characterizes a classic American hero.
Finally, the last characteristic that expresses Huck as a classic American hero is his sense of freedom.