Huck Finn on Education

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Huck Finn’s Education

Huck’s education is unconventional to most. He does not have much school knowledge with only the ability to read and write, but what he lacks in book knowledge he has in moral and wits. Huck’s education is minimal, as a poor uneducated boy, and essentially an orphan. He distrusts the morals and principles of the society that treats him as an outcast and fails to protect him from abuse. This hesitation about society and his growing relationship with Jim leads Huck to question many of the teachings that he has received, especially regarding race divisions and slavery. Often Huck chooses to “go to hell” rather than follow what he has been taught. Huck supports his decisions on his experiences, his own sense of logic, and what his developing conscience tells him. Out on the river Huck is especially free from society’s rules because he is away from civilization and is able to make his own decisions without restriction. Through deep thought, he comes to his own conclusions, unaffected by the accepted rules and values of Southern culture. By the novel’s end, Huck has learned to interpret the world around him; to distinguish between what he believes is “good and bad”. The insight Huck learns when he realizes, it seems that telling a lie can actually be a good thing, depending on its purpose helps him grow. He finds that some of the rules he has been taught contradict what seems to be “right.”
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