December 18, 2012
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
It is said to be one of the most controversial novels in American history; ironically it is also said to be one of the greatest pieces of literature in American history. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” has been banded from many libraries and schools over the years for the use of the “N” word; the novel has also been censored in many areas of America. The setting of this novel takes place in early American history when slavery was prevalent and a major controversial issue. Mark Twain, the author of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” intentions in writing the novel was not to be racist but to expose the truth in a matter that a majority of people could understand. Writer Stacy Margolis reviewed the novel and states “American racism in structure rather than in personal terms and thus to shift the focus”(340.), “Margolis argues that Twain didn’t try to get on a personal level with the racist terms but to exemplify that it is an American issue prevalent. Racism is part of morality and a major theme in Huckleberry Finn but it’s not written in a scope from a racist person and not all the themes in the story are about race but more morality or life consequences of a child and some adults” (340) The major underlying theme of the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is portrayed by the main character/narrator, Huckleberry, throughout the novel his morals change and grow for the better due to the events in his life. Morals are the foundation to life, Morals are what distinguishes the difference between knowing what is right and knowing what’s wrong in situations, without proper life learned morals the entire world would be chaos. Twain begins the story with Huckleberry living with the Widow Douglas; he was adopted by her because his father is known as the town drunk and for being extremely abusive. The novel doesn’t mention a mother much; the story also mentions that he lived most of his life homeless. Twain uses the setting and Huckleberry’s childhood to exemplify the morals he would have already obtained. After adopting Huck the Widow Douglas try’s to teaches Huck how to be civilized such as wearing clean clothes, eating proper and attending school. At first Huckleberry is not very happy with these new changes and rebels a little. Unknowingly Huck is adapting to this lifestyle and the luxuries that were provided to him. This is the first sign of Huckleberry’s morals growing. The beginning of the novel Huck starts to learn that his behaviors that his father taught him about eating and dressing are not highly looked upon in the town. Huck also learns that the Widow is not trying to be mean in teaching him the lessons that were not available to him when he was growing up with his father. Jung Lee is part of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts; Lee reviews Huck’s guardians through “preserving the child’s mind” (109) Jung H. Lee. “Huck’s guardians seem more preoccupied with ‘sivilizing’ Huck in the false piety of their religious materialism then helping him to develop his moral talents.” Lee takes a morality look at how Huckleberry is brought up and what his education entails. Lee argues that the child’s moral path and environment sets the structure for their life and development. This is an excellent argument to show that Huckleberry didn’t receive the moral education at home but that doesn’t mean he will do with out and that guardians aren’t the only influence on a child. . This also will give insight on how Jim taught Huck morals on their journey Twain really exemplifies that Huck is gaining proper morals in the first couple chapters by introducing Huck’s father “Pap” back into the story. “Pap” returns into Huckleberry’s life after receiving the news about Huck’s wealth. Huckleberry became wealthy in Mark Twain’s prequel “The Adventures of Tom...