Huck Finn Essay

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Huck’s Struggles in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Society in the late 19th century was characterized by strong racial injustice. Many people were influenced by other’s opinions of how white and black people should be treated. Mark Twain wrote about an unsupervised fourteen year old boy, Huck, who did not agree with the rules and beliefs of the white society he found himself in. Huck teamed up with a runaway slave, Jim, and the two began a journey down the Mississippi River. The adventures that Huck encountered helped shape his moral character. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck’s decisions are greatly influenced by his external and internal struggles. The adventures that Huck experienced has allowed him to develop his own conscience of right and wrong based on his own judgment of the situation and without regard to what people thought of him. Huck’s main internal conflict was if he should have freed Jim, which would have gone against his society’s rules. Eventually, Huck decided that he would rather do the right thing than listen to his conscience and everything he had previously been taught. After he had assessed his options, Huck “reverses his plan of action and decides to follow out Jim’s wishes and his own human sense of feeling the true ‘right’ thing, rather than the demands of his conscience” (Sloane 119). In most cases, Huck’s sympathy towards Jim usually took over his moral judgments. His choices were surprising because “the fact that Huck does learn to see beyond racial stereotypes in the case of Jim is a profound development, considering his upbringing” (Pullen). However, there were times where Huck surrendered to the harsh principles of society. When Jim was recaptured, Huck didn’t want the town to know he helped Jim escape and in the end, society prevailed as Huck kept quiet about his involvement. Huck constantly struggled

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