David and Goliath in American Literature

david-and-goliath-amiri-bennettThere are many examples of the story of David & Goliath in American Literature. The most significant use of this story, which exemplifies the motifs of tests and cunning behavior is in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck is tested at every point of the story. His thoughts are tested, his actions are tested, his beliefs and morals are tested. Through out Huck’s strenuous journey to find himself, he finds himself questioning everything he had previously believed in. In the story of David and Goliath, the two men enter battle with very different character traits, very different strengths; a very similar thing occurs in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck and Jim are forced to face their demons while on their adventure down the river. Similarly, David and Goliath were forced to face each other and truly accept their strengths and weaknesses. The two stories, though seemingly quite dissimilar, contain elements of equality with common motifs strewn throughout. The battle that Huck and Jim go through both internally and with the world around them, equates to the battle that David and Goliath fought against one another. It is obvious that in all battles, there is a loser and someone who reigns victorious; however, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the story of David and Goliath, it can be argued that there are no real winners or losers. David and Goliath are forced to fight to the death. Can someone truly win when the price is as large as the life of another? And in Huckleberry Finn, Jim and Huck manage to steer clear of authorities, most significantly Huck’s father and Jim’s owner, but they also loose touch with the outside world. In both stories, the question can be asked, was it worth it? Did the good outweigh the bad?

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