The mighty Mississippi boils and rolls along as Jim and Huck raft down its broad channels experiencing one adventure after another. As they float along they find they must raft the river at night and hide under a towhead by day. They cover the raft with cottonwood branches to hide it from view and they pass the time of day talking and sleeping readying themselves for another night floating on toward their goal. In the evening, they watch the sun slip behind the horizon and clouds turn a fiery red fading slowly away as evening replaces the day and the river begins to flow calmly. As Huck and Jim slowly move down the river they experience the varying transformations of geography around them. Change is vital to everything and everyone around us. Adaptability is important to ones existence. In Samuel Clemens (pen name Mark Twain) novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the main characters must adapt to their pursuits. Adaptability is common in all situations of life as one experiences conflict and negotiations. Samuel Clemens characters find themselves adapting to life situations as the story unfolds.
Religion is a hard concept for people to adapt, because it is not tangible it is more a spiritual feeling. Huck Finn is in constant turmoil with this thought. He had never experienced religion because of his rough upbringing. His father was a drunkard, and often beat him. He had never gone to church or sunday school, and he did not understand how to pray. Huck moved in with the Widow Douglas and she took care of him. He then had his first encounter with the church and prayer. .
"The Widow rung the bell for supper and you had to come to time. You got to the table and you couldn't go right to eating, but you had to wait for the widow to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there wern't really anything the matter with them-"(twain2).
Huck had no way to adapt to this funny behavior because of his lack of understanding.