Morale Changes in Huck Finn

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For the most part I enjoyed reading Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The book, while being fictional shows a glimpse into life in the American south during the mid nineteenth century. Mark Twain does a very good job of telling the story and satirizing some of the issues of the period. One of the major subjects of the book of course tackles race and racism of the time, however, there are many other issues raised also. The one that struck me and that I have chosen to write about is the moral and character changes that Huck Finn goes through during his journey. In the beginning of the story Huck is a bit wild and very carefree. He does not want to concern himself with right and wrong and would rather play jokes and tricks on others, which he finds to be funny and entertaining.

Huck's views on topics that society views as proper in the beginning of the book such as theology and slavery shows that he has a lack of concern for things of a serious nature. When he was being lectured to by Miss Watson about the good place and the bad place (Heaven and Hell) Huck decides he wants to go to the bad place first because he has no interest in singing and playing the harp forever and ever, and second because he would rather hang out with his friend Tom Sawyer. Huck asks Miss Watson, "I asked her if she reckoned Toms Sawyer would go there, and, she said, not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together." (pg. 225) Another example of this is when Huck and Miss. Watson are talking about praying in chapter III. Miss. Watson is trying to get Huck to pray everyday, so Huck prays for material things, such as Fishing lines but laments when he gets only the lines and no hooks. Huck is completely uninterested when Miss. Watson tells him he should be praying for "spiritual gifts." He decides that praying and all things for religion are not for him.

As the book continues, Twain uses Huck's constant lying to show...
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