Laws vs. Morals in Huck Finn Essay

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Laws vs. Morals in Huck Finn

"What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right." Whether he
knows it or not, the character Huck Finn is a perfect example of the truth in this quote.
His struggle between knowing in his mind and what is legal, but feeling in his heart what
is moral was predominant throughout the novel. Today, we'll examine three examples of
situations when Huck had to decide for himself whether to follow the law, or his heart.




When the story begins, Huck is running away to enjoy a life of solitude on the river, but
finds himself in a whirlwind adventure to help Jim, a runaway slave, to freedom. Huck
begins the adventure caught up in the moment, and without much thought of what he is
really doing. All this changes at one moment in the story when Huck realizes that he is
breaking the law. Huck is taking Jim away from his owner who did nothing to him. Why
should he help Jim escape? What is in it for him except trouble? At a suspenseful turning
point in the story, Huck is prepared to report Him to two men on the river when he has
change of heart. "True Blue Huck Finn" backs down and realizes that there's more to
helping Him escape than trouble: there's a special kind of friendship that Huck's never
known before.


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