Huck Finn Moral Analysis

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Mark Twain’s book Huckleberry Finn is about a young boy that goes on a journey to help his new friend, Jim, be free. This story has many aspects surrounding morals and how they differ between people, and how sometimes having loose morals can help you. Mark Twain shows his thoughts on morality in the world through his characters actions and words, while also portraying how twisted he sees the world.
Throughout the book, Twain shows that someone who has little to no education can still have great morals. A great example of this is Huck, he went to school for a short amount of time and still has the capacity to make morally correct decisions; despite being uncivilized. A great example of this is when he finds Jim and is told that Jim ran away.
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In Huckleberry Finn, there are two characters in the book, the Duke and the Dauphin, are based entirely on lies and have a great time doing it. The two lie about their identity to Huck and Jim, while also lying to many strangers they meet along the way to make money. Huck knows about their lies but lets it slide to save trouble. Huck says, “But I never said nothing, never let on; kept it to myself; it’s the best way; then you don’t have no quarrels, and don’t get into no trouble” (p.136). Huck lets the two lie and cheat because allow them will give him less trouble than if he were to confront them. Since he let them continue, they put on fake plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, and lie to strangers to earn money by saying they are a “changed man because of God” during a camp meeting. Twain shows how twisted the world is by using these characters to show how being morally wrong can take you farther than being a good person.
As shown previously, Twain expressed his opinion on morality in various ways in Huckleberry Finn. He showed how the stereotypes during this time were not accurate at all, and how they can be broken. His plot and characters were so carefully crafted to fit his storyline while also reaching the deeper meaning he wanted to portray. He also showed how a person can change their opinions very quickly because of what is going on around
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