In his tale, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) introduces the reader to an unsupervised fourteen year old boy who doesn’t agree with the rules and beliefs of the white society in which he finds himself. Huck teams up with Jim, a run away slave and the two begin a journey down the Mississippi River. Huck’s adventures with Jim, serve not only to entertain Huck, but also provide him with opportunities to develop his moral character. Through Huck’s relationship with Jim, Twain realistically illustrates the hypocrisy of a social and religious belief system that accepted slavery and racism in the South after the Civil War. During these adventures, Huck struggles to determine right from wrong and in the end chooses to go against the social norms of his time and help Jim to escape from slavery.
In the beginning of the story, Huck had been adopted by the “Widow Douglas” and she attempted to “sivilize” Huck by sending him to school, teaching him manners and telling him about God through reading the bible and praying. Huck liked the Widow Douglas, but didn’t like having to conform to her ways. He would rather be hanging out with his friends dreaming up some future adventures for them to take on. Huck begins to expresses his internal conflict between a society that demands conformity while he
delights in remaining a non-conformist. Despite his inconsistent feelings, Huck chooses to stay on with the Widow Douglas.
Huck had previously found a sum of six thousand dollars, which had been hidden by a band of robbers. Huck gave the money to Judge Thatcher, to put in the bank so he could live off the interest. Huck felt he could surely live well off the dollar a day interest he would receive, especially since he lived with the Widow Douglas. After hearing Huck had come into the money, Huck’s father returned to get custody of him. Huck, out of fear that his father would blow the... [continues]
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