Conformity In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the reader follows Huck Finn on his journey away from conformity. The author, Twain, prefaces his narrative warning the readers against finding a motive, moral, or plot within the reading. Throughout the narrative we see the use of many derogatory terms used against those enslaved and of African descent. In addition to this, we see the mindset that many people had back then, that the African Americans were inferior to the white people, that they were less educated and therefore less intelligent. This belief shows through in Huck Finn’s character, and despite the author's warning, the reader will find Huck facing many moral predicaments throughout his journey. Ulitmately, Twains’ book criticizes the racist ways of the time period along with displaying Huck’s underlying moral development; however, in the end, Twain abandons his own moral earnestness with a tasteless end to Huck's journey. As unsettling it is to hear the language used and the beliefs held by the characters in the narrative, it …show more content…

He was taught that returning an escaped slave is always the right thing to do. In this situation, he acknowledges the right thing to do, but doesn’t necessarily agree with it because he knows the outcome will make him feel upset. All throughout the narrative, Huck choses to protect Jim. He puts Jim’s freedom first, despite having the beliefs he was raised upon. A quote by Cooley calls lights to this well, “The emphasis is on what the hero does, not what he thinks” (445). Throughout the narrative Jim becomes an important part of Huck’s life. He finds a sort of home with Jim. This can be connected to a point brouhgt up by Morrison: Jim is Huck’s “father-for-free”. Additionally, “The freeing of Jim is witheld, fructified, top-heavy with pain, because without Jim there is no more book, no more story to tell” (399). This is a good explanation of why Twain prolongs Jim’s freeing, but at what

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