Critical Lens

Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, Courage Pages: 3 (1057 words) Published: December 16, 2012
Juliannah ViningMarch 26, 2012
Critical LensEnglish

“The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience”–J.F.Clarke

J.F. Clarke once stated, “The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience.” To me, this statement means that any individual who follows their conscience, and what they find to be right or wrong, is most brave, or strong, because they step away from society’s opinion and go with their own feelings whether it be what they need or desire. I agree with this statement because I also feel that an individual who listens to their conscience shows bravery. In my opinion someone who follows their conscience rather than society’s standards shows a lot of strength. It takes a lot of character for a person to leave their comfort zone to do the right thing, especially when that person has no support. Two literary works that support my opinion are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In both of these literary works the protagonists are faced with life altering decisions where they must make choices and differentiate right from wrong while having no support from other characters. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the character Huckleberry Finn supports this quote by showing his courage and strength through his decisions. The story starts off with Huck, whom is neglected and lives with Miss Watson, and his attempt to escape “civilization”. When he leaves Miss Watson he ends up on an island where he meets up with Jim, Miss Watson’s slave who has runaway as well. He and Jim work together to survive and while doing so they create a strong bond. As their adventures go on the two run into con artists, slave hunters and the occasional angry townspeople. After getting separated multiple times throughout the novel, Huck and Jim realize how risky their adventure is. Huck comes into conflict over and over with himself, as he...
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