Huck Finn Moral Choices

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The Journey of Huckleberry Finn and The Moral Choices That He Makes Along The Way: World renowned author , C.S. Lewis, once stated that, “There comes a time where we have to make a choice that shows how much we really do care about our self morals.” What he says relates to the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain. This literary work is a story of a young boy who helps his friend escape the world of slavery. As he goes along this journey, he makes choices that goes against society’s rules. By making those decisions, he shows the reader that he clearly makes three of his own morals for himself. Therefore, the theme that society’s rules will sometimes interfere with our morals comes into play in this early American form of writing. One of the very first morals that Huck sets for himself, it to keep his word. Many people vow to keep their promises and many people never do. Huck however, does. Early on in the novel, Twain’s readers are able to see an example of Huck keeping his word. When Huck finds that Jim has run away and is hiding on the same island Huck is. Huck asks Jim how he got there, and at first Jim isn't going to tell Huck. But when Huck promises not to tell a soul, Jim confides in him that he has run off. Huck is shocked by this bit of information, and Jim reminds him that he promised not to tell. Huck responds by saying, "I said I wouldn't, and I'll stick to it. Honest injun, I will. People will call me a low down abolishonist and despise me for keeping mum- but that don't make no difference. I ain't a going to tell." (43). When Huck says this, it becomes very clear to the readers that Huck is going to keep his word. He is going to keep his promise that he makes to Jim. As Huck says, “I said I wouldn’t, and I’ll stick to it.” (43). Even to be a young boy, Huck is learning that when he makes a promise, the right thing to do is to keep it.

To many people, honesty is their number one policy. But as people read Mark Twain’s...
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