Huck Finn

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Huckleberry Finn essay

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel which displays a young boy named Huck's dilemma on whether he should turn in a run away slave named Jim, that he has been helping escape to freedom. Huck must decide upon what he feels is the right thing to do, even if that means going against society and changing his own morals. Huck exemplifies how his opinion of society's beliefs changes throughout this novel.

The main dilemma Huck undergoes in the novel is whether he should turn Jim in or not. This theme is dramatized with Huck's conflict with his conscience, Which really means Huck is deciding between if he thinks society is right or wrong. Slavery is such a broad topic of history, that has been studied time and time again. Many people now would disagree with it, but in the 1800's especially in the south (which is when this all occurred), it was very common and accepted. So, the society Huck lives in is pro slavery. Huck, as such a young boy must figure out what he believes is right and act upon it. He would never want to betray a good friend, but he also wants to do what is right.

The story takes place while Huck and Jim are traveling down the Mississippi River, heading toward "free territory". Jim tells Huck his plans of working hard in the north and then eventually coming back, to buy his wife and kids. Meanwhile, Huck has a guilty conscience. Huck feels bad that he is helping Jim escape to freedom, when Miss Watson (who was the lady that owned Jim), never did anything bad to him. In Huck's eyes, what he is doing is wrong, and that is why he feels so guilty. People at this time, did not realize that slavery was a cruel thing, because they thought of slaves more as objects. Huck is going against his society because he feels that Jim is rightfully Miss Watsons "property".

Huck was raised in a society where slaves were not treated like actual human beings, and throughout the story, Huck starts to see that Jim actually has...
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