In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the reader gauges morality through the misadventures of Huck and Jim. Notably, Huck morally matures as his perspective on society evolves into a spectrum of right and wrong. Though he is still a child, his growth yields the previous notions of immaturity and innocence. Likewise, Mark Twain emphasizes compelling matters and issues in society, such as religion, racism, and greed. During the span of Huck’s journey, he evolves morally and ethically through his critique of societal normalities.
Introduction With a society built upon corruption, hypocrisy, and violence, how would one develop a moral sense to dictate what is, in actuality, right or wrong, contrary to that society's moral values? In Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain introduces the protagonist Huckleberry Finn as a young southern boy who has a deadbeat-drunk of a father, no interest in religion, and in need of being civilized by his guardian Miss Watson. Huckleberry decides to escape from civilization and adventures out in a raft along the Mississippi river. Along the way Huckleberry finds a runaway slave named Jim, who belongs to Miss Watson and they agree to venture together and stumble upon a plethora of adventures along their way to find
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (Huck Finn is a story of friendship, of overcoming adversity and of doing what your heart tells you, rather than what society says is the right thing to do.) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” describes the story of a young boy, Huck Finn, and an escaped slave, Jim, traveling down the Mississippi River together. As the story progresses and the characters develop, Huck builds a friendship with Jim and is forced to reevaluate how he perceives slavery. Overcoming adversity Huck’s journey down the river is not only in search of Jim’s physical freedom, but is also in search of his own moral and mental freedom. It is by overcoming such adversity that Huck begins to find freedom and to grow into a wiser and more mature person.
By not telling the same lie and being comfortable with it, it shows that he is naive in the sense not figuring out that it’s morally wrong and Huck is going to a struggle to find what’s exactly is morally ‘right’. b. In Chapter 40 of Huckleberry Finn it states: “I knowed he was white in the inside, and I reckoned he’d say what he did say-so it was all right now(Twain 271). i. This is significant because it shows readers how Huck is still struggling with finding that a black person could be kind.
American literature has always been a form of entertainment and education. When slaves were introduced as characters in books, they were always negative, stereotypical characters, but not until 1883 when Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a change made. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book about a southern white boy in the 1800’s that runs away with an escaped slave on the Mississippi River. For years, schools have been debating on if the book should be banned in schools or not, and it is already on a variety of banned lists. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be banned in schools because it is an anti-slavery novel that teaches students valuable lessons and informs students of the past culture.
Mark Twain’s Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is a highly controversial novel written in the late 19th century. Set in American south prior to the Civil War, the novel follows a boy named Huck Finn who travels the deep south on a raft along with a runaway slave named Jim. While some believe that the novel does deserves its esteemed position in American literature, others dismiss the novel as overrated, based on the offensive language and possibly racist undertones. While the novel’s ending diminishes the central message about slavery, The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn does deserve its eminent position in American literature for its effective criticism of Southern society and its racist beliefs. Throughout the novel, Twain highlights stereotypes
Huck is shoved back into the suit of a lifestyle he wants no part of, and through indirect characterization, it is made known that Huck feels confined by the social expectations of civilization and wishes he could have a simple, carefree life. He views his life as a natural struggle for freedom. He cannot grasp the importance of study, much less sitting up straight all the time. He does not understand why people limit themselves to this. This struggle is present throughout the novel and creates an important thematic image of natural, free individualism contrasted with the expectations of society.
That 's just the way: a person does a low-down thing, and then he don 't want to take no consequences of it, (Twain, 163).” Huck knows that what he did was against the law and there are consequences for his actions. In the South, slavery was horrific and taken very far. Huck may have good morals and want to do the right thing but that does not mean he always does. Him faking his death and breaking the law to help a runaway slave are two perfect reasons for this book to be banned in schools. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should be banned from schools because it has bad language, alcoholism, violence, lying, and breaking the law.
This event is Huck’s call to adventure as this moment because it represents a new, exciting, and unpredictable adventure that Huck doesn’t know he’s entering.Huck’s Abyss occurs as Jim is sold back into slavery and Huck is worried that he’ll be recognized as an Abolitionist and many will outcast him. This is demonstrated when Huck explains that Jim will tell others about him and “it would get all around that Huck Finn helped a nigger to get his freedom; and if I was ever to see anybody from that town again I’d be ready to get down and lick his boots for shame”(215). This is the complete abyss and deconstruction of Huckleberry Finn, he is overwhelming shamed that he helped a “nigger get his freedom”. The psychological battle of Huck vs Civilization has been clearly won by civilization because Huck is willing to renounce his only friend in order that society would accept him. Huckleberry Finn is ashamed to be labeled as an abolitionist and is willing to forgo his own beliefs and his only friend in order to be accepted.Huck’s transformation is the pinnacle point of the novel.
Jim won 't ever forgit you, Huck; you 's de bes ' fren ' Jim 's ever had; en you 's Yash 2de only fren ' ole Jim 's got now.” (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn page 213) This one experience really stuck with Huck and made him determined to help Jim become a free man. Another factor in which Huck grows throughout the novel is in his decision making. In the novel, some men approach the raft looking for escaped slaves. As they approach the raft, it seems as if Jim is about to be caught. However, Huck thinks of a plan and when the men ask if they can look in the raft, Huck responds