Huck's Struggle Between Morals. Speaks of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain

Essay by HowardHigh School, 11th gradeA-, December 1996

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In the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, the protagonist, Huck, undergoes a series of developmental changes in his character. He is often torn between the ideas of society and those of his friends. This can all be very confusing for a boy who is about 14 years old. Huck also has a drunken pap who doesn't care at all for him. Huck is then forced to live with Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. Throughout the story we see Huck represent the morals of the innocent prevailing over those of society. In his "adventures," he learns the meaning of true friendship and what's really important in life.

In the story, Huck makes the decision to escape from his "family." This is a decision that goes against the morals of Huck's society, church and state. Children aren't supposed to run away from their parents. Also, his decision to help Jim escape goes against the same morals.

In his "adventurous" escape down the Mississippi, he begins to feel truly free. This is a feeling that is contrasted acutely of society's "oppression" of freedom, basically when he is on land. In Jim's and Huck's escape, they are able to build their trust and friendship for each other. However, at the same time he must leave behind societies ways... getting "sivilized, money, and "family."

Along Jim's and Huck's "adventure," they have many conversations along the way. These conversations consist about their freedom, money, and superstition. In the story, they both have their own opinions about various things, like Solomon.

"'Well, but he was the wisest man, anyway; because the widow she told

me so, her own self.'

'I doan' k'yer what de widder say, he warn't no wise man nuther. He

has some er de dad-fetchedes' ways I ever...