Huck Finn Coming Of Age Analysis

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Eric Lowry ELIT1040 F Coming of Age Essay 2 July, 2012 Mark Twain in his book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” uses a variety of situations and experiences to provide Huck a moral education. Initially he is exposed to the rules and values of society by the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. Huck’s education progresses with his exposure to Jim and the numerous adventures they encounter. Huck, by the end of the book, has gained the wisdom and moral values to form his own opinions of society’s standards. Twain imparts a powerful message for the reader to obtain their own moral education so they too can judge the values of their society. Huck is initially taken in the home of Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson so they can “sivilize” him. He has to wear new clothes and is taught to pray before eating and to use proper table manners. They read the Bible together and teach Huck to sit up straight and behave properly, and they forgive him when he gets his clothes dirty or acts poorly. He goes to school and learns to read and write. He is exposed to slavery, as Miss Watson owns Jim, but accepts this as a societal normal. Huck is of course an adolescent and questions things such as clean clothes, sleeping inside, and school, but he gradually accepts them and starts to be comfortable in proper society. Huck’s “sivilized” world is thrown…show more content…
His exposure to the Widow Douglas, Miss Watson, Jim, and all the various situations he faced while on the river allow him to form his own perception of good and evil, right and wrong, compassion, friendship, and all the other moral values. Huck is thus able to use his own moral growth to judge the flaws and hypocrisies of his own Southern society especially in regards to slavery. Twain’s message is as important today as it was in the late 1800’s: kindness, compassion, and moral goodness can make your world a better
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