Huckleberry Finn is one of American literature's most charming figures, and his charm seems to be due largely
to his outsider status -- he lives outside normative rules of his society. Scholar and critic Leslie Fiedler, in a famous essay entitled "Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!" (1948),
argued that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well as other classic American novels created a "national myth of masculine love," of "innocent homosexuality," and of male homoeroticism.
Feminist studies devoted much energy to recovering women from literary texts and making them visible. Expanding on this, gender critics look at men’s roles as well as the variations of roles within
different sexual identifications. If the critics ignore gender, the public may fail to understand that it can be a tool, like language, used to organize and control society.