Huck Finn Morality Essay

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Huck Finn Morality


In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, author Mark Twain uses Huck to demonstrate how
one's conscience is an aspect of everyday life. The decisions we make are based on what
our conscience tells us which can lead us the right way or the wrong way. Huck's deformed
conscience leads him the wrong way early on in the chapters, but eventually in later
chapters his sound mind sets in to guild him the rest of the way until his friend Tom
Sawyer shows up. Society believes that slaves should be treated as property; Huck's sound
mind tells him that Jim is a person, a friend, and not property. Society does not agree
with that thought, which also tampers with Huck's mind telling him that he is wrong.
Though Huck does not realize that his own instinct are more moral than those of society,
Huck chooses to follow his innate sense of right instead of following society's rules.

In chapter 16, Huck goes through a moral conflict of whether he should turn Jim in or not.
'I was paddling off, all in a sweat to tell on him; but when he says this, it seemed to
kind of take the tuck all out of me (89).'; Right off from the beginning, Huck wanted to
turn Jim in because it was against society's rules to help a slave escape and Huck knew
it. But when Jim said that 'Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de only
fren' ole Jim's got now (89),'; made helped Huck to grasp the concept that there is a
friendship in the making. Even though Huck didn't turn Jim in, he is till troubled by his
conscience when the slave catchers were leaving because he knows it is wrong to help a
slave. Still Huck cannot bring himself forward to tell on Jim, thus showing that his
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