The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn: Conflict Between Individual And Society

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was as world renowned author that was said to be “nothing less than a national treasure.” When he was only four years old, he and his family moved to Hannibal, a small town in Missouri on the Mississippi River. This is a very important location because it is the town where Huckleberry Finn lived in before he ran away in the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This novel that takes you on an adventure down the Mississippi River and all that comes along the way. The story’s narrator, a 12-year-old boy named Huckleberry Finn, is a very independent boy. He finds Jim, a runaway slave, who becomes a very close friend and important character. This novel portrays the great conflict between the individual and society, which…show more content…
It takes a strong character and morals to be able to stand up to society and maintain individuality. It 's almost impossible to be an individual because of all of the rules and judgments of society and their influences forcing their rules and opinions on others. Huck felt that people “don 't fight with courage that is born in them, but with courage borrowed from their masses …” (111). He is saying they are not strong enough, individually, to stand up for what they believe in, so they follow the group. Being an individual would be much easier if it weren 't for frowns and rolling eyes that people get when being themselves, acting out of the ordinary, or standing up for what they believe in when it goes against society or even their peers. “Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better” (124). Huck believes that that is inherent for people to be good. “Humans can be awful cruel to one another”

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