The Conflict Between Society And The Individual Essay

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The Conflict Between Society And The Individual

The conflict between society and the individual is a theme portrayed throughout Twain's
Huckleberry Finn. Huck was not raised in accord with the accepted ways of civilization. He
practically raises himself, relying on instinct to guide him through life. As portrayed
several times in the novel, Huck chooses to follow his innate sense of right, yet he does
not realize that his own instincts are more moral than those of society.From the very
beginning of Huck's story, Huck clearly states that he did not want to conform to society;
"The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me... I got
into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again, and was free and satisfied." When Pap
returns for Huck, and the matter of custody is brought before the court, the reader is
forced to see the corruption of society. The judge rules that Huck belongs to Pap, and
forces him to obey an obviously evil and unfit man. One who drinks profusely and beats his
son. Later, when Huck makes it look as though he has been killed, we see how civilization
is more concerned over finding Huck's dead body than rescuing his live one from Pap. This
is a society that is more concerned about a dead body than it is in the welfare of living
people.The theme becomes even more evident once Huck and Jim set out, down the
Mississippi. Huck enjoys his adventures on the raft. He prefers the freedom of the
wilderness to the restrictions of society. Also, Huck's acceptance of Jim is a total
defiance of society. Ironically, Huck believes he is committing a sin by going against
society and protecting Jim. He does not realize that his own instincts are more morally
correct than those of society'.In chapter sixteen, we see, perhaps, the most inhumane
action of society. Huck meets some men looking for runaway slaves, and so he fabricates a
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