Moral Breakdown In Huckleberry Finn

921 Words4 Pages
Moral breakdown is a phenomenon in which a major degradation or a complete loss of moral values takes place within a particular society. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “To educate a person in the mind, but not in morals is to educate a menace in society.” Morals are the basis by which people live in a positive manner because morals typically mean that people are compassionate to our fellow beings. When people have morals we know right from wrong. It 's important to have morals with a smart mind so that they understand the consequences of their actions. In the novel Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain describes that Huck Finn has moral degradation or no morals between lying, murder and greed. Everyone lies right? Some people use this immoral action by claiming it 's for a good reason instead of using it in a bad way. Not only does Huck use this, but other characters like the Duke and the…show more content…
Greed is common in everyday life and we are constantly surrounded by it. Huck Finn is constantly surrounded by greed from most people he comes in contact with. Furthermore, the grangerfords and the shepherdsons are two families who are in a family feud between them. They both have kids that escape from their parents to fall in love with each other. Huck narrates, “En ole Mars Saul en de boys tuck dey guns en rode up de river road for to try ketch dat young man and kill him” (113). These families feel greed because Miss Sophia and Harney Shepherdson have a desire to marry each other and a plan to escape to pursue their dreams. In this case greeds role plays a major part in the morals of Sophia and Harney. Colonel Sherburn is a store owner and the richest man in town. Huck narrates, “By and buy a proud looking man about 55 and he was a heap of the best looking man in town” (180). Colonel Sherburn is a greedy swindler who swindles people for money to pay for his lavish lifestyle. To sum up, greed can be connected back with Miss Sophia and Harney and in Colonel Sherburn 's lavish
Open Document