He wants to be there for Jim like Jim has been there for him, and Huck knows that if he decided to turn Jim in, Jim would’ve been affected by his decision forever.In conclusion, Huck’s growth throughout the novel is shown through the decisions Huck makes as the novel progresses. Huck’s judgement and morality grows and he learns how to think about how his decisions will affect the people around him. At the beginning of the novel, Huck consents to his gang killing Miss Watson, who was a part of his family. This shows he does not think about his actions and he has poor morality. At the end of the novel, Huck is risking his own reputation to save Jim from being enslaved once more, which proves he has matured emotionally and gained
The friendship they developed on the river and through their adventure causes Huck to be more concerned for Jim’s safety than society’s need to keep Jim captive. Huck, therefore, sees Jim as his friend and ignores society’s expectations to treat him less than human. After tearing up the letter he writes to Miss Watson, Huck “... studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’” (214). Huck realizes that Jim is in need of assistance so he decides to do what is morally correct, which is to help Jim escape. Huck decides to act on his morals rather than be held captive by society; Huck believes that he has to act in the best interest of Jim and does not consider what society believes is acceptable behavior.
Mark Twain’s idea of captivity is slavery and keeping Huckleberry Finn in the the standards of civilization. Slavery and racism is a major concept discussed throughout the novel using the character Jim. Jim is a slave that decides to run away so that he can free his family; the place he is running away from, the town which he is held captive, is keeping Jim captive. In Huckleberry Finn the author says,"Well, I b 'lieve you, Huck. I—I RUN OFF" (37).
In the novel, Dill explains,””Maybe he doesn’t have anywhere to run off to…”” (Lee, 192) This quote expresses how Boo Radley does not have anywhere to go because he is always alone. Dill is putting himself in Boo’s shoes and is seeing life from perspective. At the beginning of the novel, Jem and Dill were obsessing over Boo, making fun of him or trying to find out who he is, what he looks. Now Dill is accepting who Boo is, or may be, and is seeing that his life is different and more difficult to live. This demonstrates Lee’s perspective of growth as an important
Despite their friendship, however, Huck still doubts helping Jim escape. Huck wants to, “write a letter to Tom Sawyer and tell him to tell Miss Watson where [Jim] was.”(page 213 Twain). Huck feels bad about helping Jim runaway. He feels like he, “Was stealing a poor old woman’s N. that hadn 't ever done [him] no harm.”(page 213 Twain). He begins thinking about Mrs. Watson and her religion, thinking he would go to hell for helping Jim get away.
An example of this is in the quote “‘Good gracious! Anybody hurt?’ ‘No’m. Killed a [African-American].’ Well it’s lucky, because sometimes people do get hurt…” (221) Huck was discussing a fake story of his travels to Aunt Sally’s home, and they seemed to neglect that an African-American is a human. This a dangerous belief, as it seems that even though Huck goes through major character development, he still see’s African-Americans as less than white people. This notion must be overcome in order for Huck to free Jim for
The story is set a few decades before the American Civil War. It is narrated by Huck and follows his journey down the Mississippi River to help Jim, a runaway slave, escape to freedom. Along his journey, Huck is faced with numerous moral choices, which causes him to question his morality and his society. In Mark Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn evaluates himself to hold an inclination towards moral deviance based societal moral norms because of his dismissal of Miss Watson’s and the Widow Douglas’s moral lessons, his conscience debate over Jim, and choosing to help Jim escape the Phelps’ Farm. Early in the novel, Huck evaluates himself as morally bereft.
Because of this, logic behind his actions become lost since he begins executing them with a desire to reform the corruptness of his crime. Elizabeth suggests to Proctor, that by telling the court that Abigail and the other girls bewitchments are of pretense, all women who were sentenced to death would be given their lives back. He knows that telling the judges is the most rational, but he pauses before making a choice as he responds “quietly, struggling with his thought” (53). His uncertainty shows his conflicting emotion because Proctor feels he cannot accuse Abigail because his guilt will not allow him to. But he coexisting feels the priority to accuse her in order to keep Elizabeth in high spirits.
In To Kill A Mockingbird they make it a struggle for the jury to choose the right decision of who’s guilty and innocent, or the skin color in which they like or dislike. Mayella lies about Tom Robinson because of her bad decisions she’s made. A decision Mayella has made was just having Tom Robinson doing work for her. She should know better that it wouldn’t settle well with her father. After Mayella had Tom help her get rid of items, she began to like Tom.
Even angels, holy figures, must abide by human laws no matter how good they are. Melville is trying to show a flaw in the system as Billy is put into a horrible position with a man trying to frame him for mutiny. Captain Vere knows of Billy goodness but even that cannot save him when he kills someone who is evil. Vere knows that hanging Billy is much easier than defending him. Billy is used as a scapegoat in the news about arising mutiny in order to scare others.