In the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, a young boy goes through a journey of adventures and friendship. Twain states many messages throughout the book such as the role of slavery, racism, and the hypocrisy of a “civilized” society. Although those are many important topics to discuss, the morality of Huck in the story is an important topic. Huck’s morals change throughout the story and shows readers that Huck’s journey of being “uncivilized” to “civilized” is more than what is percieved.
Huck changes throughout the course of the novel from being a boy who loves adventure to a boy who cares. In the beginning he meets someone named Jim. Jim was a slave but believed in adventure. They started to form a bond by fishing, eating, playing tricks on each other. Over time, Huck has a moment where he questions himself of what Jim really is to him; just a slave or a best friend. “We catched fish and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed—only a little kind of a low chuckle. We had mighty good weather as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all—that night, nor the next, nor the next.” (Twain). Jim was becoming a best friend and Huck didn’t know what to think.
In the early chapters of the book, Huck got his moral values from himself. He was known as “uncivilized” because he didn’t go to school or behave in a mannerly way. Even though technically he is “civilized” because he lives with Miss Watson he acts like he is not. “Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.”(Twain). Jim however is uncivilized and acts even more civilized than Huck. This is ironic how a slave has more moral ethics than a supposed educated... [continues]
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