What Is The Corrupt Influence Of Society In Huck Finn

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Mark Twain emphasizes the theme that a person's morals are more powerful than the corrupt influence of society in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Based on how Huck Finn views the world and forms his opinions, he does not know the difference between right and wrong. In the novel, Huck escapes civilized society. He encounters a runaway slave, Jim, and together they travel hopes of freedom. But along the way, Huck and Jim come across troubles that have Huck questioning his motives. Throughout their journey, Huck is aware that Jim has escaped but does not know whether or not to turn him into the authorities. Huck’s mentality about society matures and he realizes his need to protect Jim from dangers. As the novel progresses, Huck begins to realize the flaws in society. Huck ultimately chooses to follow his own…show more content…
Huck realizes that he is committing an illegal act by helping a slave, who is also his friend. Huck expresses his guiltiness by saying, “It stayed with me, and scorched me...I tried to make out to myself that I warn’t to blame, because I didn’t run Jim off” (87). Society made Huck believe that all blacks are horrible creatures and any contact with them is a sin. The word ‘scorched’ connotes the guiltiness embedded in Huck by society. Huck has been burned with the idea that he is to blame for Jim’s escape. Huck ultimately feels guilty because he knows he has not done wrong but he has no reason not to believe what society thinks because he was only taught one way. Huck imagines an alternate scenario, thinking “s’pose [he]’d’ a’ done right and give Jim up, would [he] felt better...No…[he'd] feel bad” (91). Huck is aware that the right decision based on society is to give up Jim. Huck’s thoughts represent his conscience overruling society and his emotions are more influential. Huck begins to see a glimpse of how he is working against
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