Huckleberry Finn

Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, Slavery Pages: 3 (1439 words) Published: April 4, 2013
Society establishes their own rules of morality, but would they be accepted in these days? Mark Twain once wrote that Huckleberry Finn is a boy of “sound heart and deformed conscience”. Twain is saying that Huck is a good person, but his society has twisted him so that his conscience gives him bad advice. In the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck is a young boy torn between what society expects of him and what his heart tells him is right. The overall influence that has deformed Huck's conscience is society and its values. His conscience is focused on what he feels is worthy of his loyalty and attention and instead follows his own moral code. Huck is constantly faced with decisions to make and it is when faced with these decisions that he explores his conscience in order to figure out how to do what is right. The societal, moral codes, and social norms that Huck finds himself in directly influences his conscience.                Huck is conflicted as to whether or not he should be a part of society when he doesn’t trust adults or society. The widow Douglas whom Huck was taken in by, tries to civilize Huck by teaching him about religion and proper manners. He didn’t want to be civilized so he would sneak out but he would eventually come back. Even though widow Douglas feels, since he is a child in her society, he should be raised, but Huck doesn’t fully understand her reasoning. Huck states, “The widow Douglas, she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer, I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied” (Twain 13).  The widow makes every effort to civilize Huck, but he somewhat rejects the idea and avoids it. He is only a child and does not yet understand the importance of proper manners. He only wants to have fun and...
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