Analysis Of Huckleberry Finn's Journey

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Huckleberry Finn matures morally in his adventures when having to make decisions throughout his journey for the future of his life and his slave friend, Jim. Huck has grown up learning bad morals caused by living with his drunk and abusive father, and with no one to tell him otherwise, he keeps the same morals that his dad taught him. Fortunately, Huck is helped by Jim, a runaway slave who joins him on his journey and helps Huck develop his own morals with decisions Huck makes. Throughout Huck's adventures, he is put into numerous situations where he must use his own judgement to make decisions that will affect the morals Huck will carry with him throughout his life. Huck matures in the novel through his morals when he is confronted with life…show more content…
At this moment, Huck is at a low in his maturation on his morals journey. A person with morals would not willingly sacrifice the life of someone else just in order to be part of a gang. It is at this point where Huck can now begin his journey of moral progression.Huck encounters his first major dilemma when he comes across the wrecked and sinking steamboat and three robbers. When Jim and Huck take the skiff for themselves, leaving the three robbers stranded, Huck realizes that he has left them to die. “Now was the first time that I begun to worry about the men- I reckon I hadn't time to before. I begun to think how dreadful it was, even for murderers, to be in such a fix. I says to myself, there ain't no telling but I might come to be a murderer myself yet, and then how would I like it?” (76). This is the first time that Huck questions the actions and outcomes that he has set in motion and the effects they have on other people. After he realizes that he could now be considered a murderer, he makes a plan to get a captain to go investigate the wreck in order to save the men's lives. Even though the men he would be saving are murderers and robbers, he doesn’t want to be responsible for their deaths, and tries to correct what he has done wrong. This is the first major step in Huck's moral maturation. At that point, he establishes a set of standards that…show more content…
He does not think it is right to help take away slaves from people that he doesn't even know. To turn Jim in for these reasons would be the influence of society on Huck. Huck's decision on this marks another major step in Huck's moral maturation, because he decides not to turn in Jim on his own and adds another moral that he made and no one told him. This is the first time he makes a decision all on his own. Both this incident and the Wilkes Scheme represent Huck's ultimate realization and rejection of society. Huck states, "I'll go to hell" (207) to see Jim into freedom decision to help Jim. Also Huck matures through situations full of guilt. In Chapter 28 Huck encounters this type of situation when the King and the Duke are ruining lives of the Wilkes and their slaves. “Miss Mary Jane, I have a new plan. This plan won’t require you to stay at the Lothrops for four days. I want you to leave immediately and stay the day there. At nine o’clock tonight, tell them that you have forgotten something and must return home. If you arrive here before eleven o’clock, put a lighted candle in the window. If I see the candle, I’ll come to you. If I don’t come to you, you will know that I am on my raft and have gone away. Only then should you tell the men of this town that the king and the duke are not really your uncles.” “I’ll do that,”(104-105). This situation really illustrated how
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