Huck's Struggle Between Morals
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Huck\'s Struggle Between Morals
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
"\'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 see. Does you know \'bout dat
dat he \'uz gwyne to chop in two?"
"Yes, the widow told me all about it."
"Well, den! Warn\' dat de beatenes\' notion in de worl\'? You jus\' take
en look at it a minute. Dah\'s de stump, dah-dat\'s one er de women! heah\'s
you-dat\'s de yuther one; I\'s Sollermun; en dish yer dollar bill\'s
de chile. Bofe un you claims it. What does I do? Does I shin
aroun\' mongs\' de neighbors en fine out which un you de bill do b\'long to, en
han\' it over to de right one, all safe en soun, de way dat anybody
dat had any gumption would? No; I take en whack de bill in two, en
give half it to you, en de yuther to de yuther women. Dat\'s de way
Sollermum was gwyne to do wid de chile. Now I want to ast you; what\'s de use er
dat half a billl?-can\'t buy noth\'n wid it. En what use is a half a chile? I
wouldn\' give a dern for a million un um.\'"
As you can see from this dialogue between them, they had a distinct
contrast in thinking. Huckleberry, being the young and innocent boy, believes
and conforms to the ideas of Miss Watson and others of the dominant white
society. Huck would believe just about anything that comes out of a white
person\'s mouth, and argue it against the words of a “nigger.” Jim on the other
hand was much older and a lot smarter, for he could think for himself. Jim
knows better than to go with the ideas and beliefs of society, which are wrong.
Such a conversation leads to a very strong point made by Twain in its own irony;
the story shows of how the white people are dominant over the blacks, but yet
they couldn\'t think for themselves. Whereas, on the other hand, the oppressed “
niggers” are thinking things through using logic, instead of simply conforming
to what others think. Jim later goes on to talk about superstition, which
totally goes against the society in which Huck was raised. “God” was the
almighty and made everything and controlled everything; that\'s what Huck was
raised to believe. However, on the other hand, Jim was able to not correspond
to the ways of the church, but made his own beliefs. Jim even had ideas about
signs and stuff.
"\'Ef you got hairy arms en a hairy breas", it\'s a sign dat you\'s a-
gwyne to be rich. Well, dey\'s some use in a sign like dat, \'kase it\'s so
fur ahead. You see, maybe you\'s go to be po\' a long time fust,en so you
might git discourage\'
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