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Why doesn't Huck get along with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas?

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Huck does not get along with his guardian Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson, because they try to change everything about him to make him more civilized and presentable, and he does not want to change. From the time Huck moves in with Widow Douglas, she has a plan to straighten out this young boy and set him on the right track, and he resents it deeply.

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Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" details the story of young Huck as he moves in with Widow Douglas and then goes on a long escapade with Miss Watson's slave Jim. Widow Douglas wants Huck to wear nice clothes, eat at particular times and learn the Bible. She does not want him to smoke. Huck sees nothing wrong with the way he is, and he is not happy with all of the new rules and regulations Widow Douglas puts on him. Miss Watson wants him to have an education, so she begins schooling him at home. The women want Huck to behave well enough to go to heaven one day, but he is not even sure he wants to do that. Huck, a typical young boy who has not had much supervision through the years, stays at cross purposes with the two women all the time.

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