Bad Luck and Untraditional Symbolism
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Clemens
"There is ways to keep off some kinds of bad luck, but this wasn't one of them kind; so I never tried to do anything, but just poked along low-spirited and on the watch-out." (pg: 83)
In this quote, Huckleberry Finn is talking about his bad luck, considering his father's soon-to-be appearance. A quote like this is despairing... he is accepting the fact that there is nothing he can do to get rid of his abusive father, and must accept what the future is bringing.
I found the imagery associated with Huck's father to be particularly interesting. There is a description of the man on page 85, describing his face as having no color - "a white to make a body sick, a white to make a body's flesh crawl." This quote is strange for this time, because being white was something ideal and to be coveted. It seems as though Twain is twisting the traditional viewpoint, boldly saying that the literate and educated mixed man was much better off than Huck's white father, who was about as low as they come. Huck's father seems to embody everything that is evil. I think that he is a microcosm (something small that represents something large) for the white society of his time. Huck's father is the dark side of the white race (that turned out to be ironic..)