His father is a drunk and a ruffian who disappears for months on end.
In a sense the book chronicles his growing conscience.
The music is lilting and haunting in equal measures depending on the tone of each scene, with a theme tune that will leave you humming for days.
You can see the important role it played if you look at what it was for the time it was written in, and how it influenced other books written in America.
This is seen when Huck considers sending a letter to Ms.
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The early criticism focused on what was perceived as the book's crudeness.
I grow to love it more with each repeated reading.