Morals/Ideas of Huck Finn Essay


Book Information:


Full Name: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Author: Mark Twain


Date of First Publishing: 1884


Publisher: Charles L. Webster&Co.





Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a overall interesting book, full of plots, sub-plots, hidden ideas, and the amazing story of how one all important friendship can last throughout not only adversity, but racism itself. There are a few main characters, however, only two are truly the most important. The charasmatic Huckleberry Finn is always seeking truth, a young man trying to find out where his place in the world lies. Huck's main difference between this book, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1880), is that Huck has grown alot. The main indicator of this is that Huck made the decision to keep Jim safe from the authorities, and free him to see his family, using his own convictions and morals. This is a sign of his growing. Huck is always going and doing things the easiest way possible, which is the oppisite of his best friend, Tom Sawyer. The second main character, is Jim, the good-hearted, sometimes greedy black slave, who attempts to free himself so that not only that he can be free, but with his freedom, to buy back his seperated wife and child. Jim is overall less mannered due to his lack of education, quite superstitious, and is always had a thing for earning money. Now that the two main characters have been explained, its time to explain the main ideas, and morals of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


Ideas of the Book:


Main Theme: Satire


Mark Twain himself is a very interesting author, and one of the main purposes of creating book, so it seems, is not only to show how horrible the slavery was, but how he was against many ideas, and used this book to further his views to others. His hidden use of satire is all over the book, he conveys different messages, and different meanings, some pointed to different audiences, some to all people. There are three main ideas in this book. There are also three main morals in this book.


Idea One: Slavery is a Unacceptable Part of Society, and All Peoples Deserve to be Free.


This is perphaps the most easily detectable idea of the book, however, many people have misinterpreted the book. This is mainly due to over use of one word, nigger. However, perphaps the reusing of one word over one-hundred and sixty times can be degrading, perphaps. But, the belief of a idea is more important then a simple word comes into effect here. People have concentrated too much on that simple word that they have failed to uncover what the real idea. Some say the book is racist, this is completely wrong. First, Jim seems much better hearted than all of the white men, this makes him seem equal, relative to the thoughts at the time that 'the white man is superior to the black man'. All throughout, all the white man are murderers, robbers,liars, thiefs, and drunkards. Then, theres Jim, the only man actually doing something not because of the his sinister desires. The satire is that compare Jim to all of the white man, and it actually seems that Jim is superior to them, definately not what anyone back then would think. Relative to the other men, Jim is a shinning beacon of hope for a saddened world.


Idea Two: Religious Values Are Not Always the Values to Follow.


Another interesting idea, Mark Twain once again hides another idea through the words in the text. Mark Twain is not against relgion itself, but hes against having to follow its morals, and ideas. In one of the earlier chapters, Huck becomes angry because he keeps having to dress up to go to church, and can only have diner when the bell is rung. This angers him, and when told that he would not want to end up in hell, he answered that he would rather go to hell. At first glance he seems crazy, but his view is this; because of all of those religious values, like praying, dressing up nicely, and eating only to a dinner bell, he becomes bored, as he sees it as not fun. He feels that it would be funner if he could