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When children are born into the world they are completely free and uncontaminated from outside influences and ideas but as life continues they grow and are affected by society, their environment, and personal aspirations. All of these reasons cause people and society to react in certain ways when confronted with particular situations and people. Often the reactions to these confrontations are based mainly on morality, yet no always as proven in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by the fictional writer, Mark Twain.

Huckleberry Finn, a young man who has experienced and survived great obstacles in his young ears, shaped his beliefs and morals but was capable of undergoing a considerable change in both mind and heart with the help of his run away slave, Jim. Jim and Huck had a relationship, which was transformed through time and trust, but always had the reminder that one was white and the other was black.

This was a major influence on Hucks behavior towards Jim but through the progression of the book Hucks attitude and respect towards Jim increases considerably after Huck self-evaluates himself and society and begins to focus on what is truly important but not always right. Huck is a strong-willed, free-spirited youth who attempts to portray himself as a bad boy but often finds himself doing just the opposite; however, several times he causes negative situations which affects himself and people around him.

When Jim and Huck find each other after escaping their homes, they continue their journey down the river together. One night Jim and Huck separate on the river because of the fog but Huck finds Jim asleep after a few hours of searching for each other. When Jim wakes Huck attempts to tell him that it was all a dream because they had ever been separated and there was never any fog. After lying so sufficiently for all his life, Huck never considering how his lies affected a person and especially a friendship until Jim told him. When I got all wore out wid work, en wid de callin for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos broke bekase you wuz los, en I didnt kyer no mo what become er me en de raf. En when I wake up en fine you back agin, all safe en soun, de tears come, en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo foot, Is so thankful.

En all you wuz thinkin bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a ie. Dat truck dah is trash; en trash is what people dat puts dirt on de head er day frens en makes em ashamed. Twain, 83) This was a turning point for both Huck and Jims relationship because Huck realizes for the first time that someone actually loves and cares about him and his well being. As a result, Huck apologizes to Jim, which shows that Huck now posses respect for him even though he is black. Through a misfortunate lie and situation trust and love was rewarded to both runways. As Huck and Jim proceed down river they encounter umerous people and difficult circumstances but always remain together as their relationship and trust develop.

In chapter 31 Huck returns to the raft to discover that Jim is gone and that the two frauds, which they had been traveling with, had sold him for forty dollars. Huck contemplates what actions he should take, whether he should allow Jim to be returned to his owner or save him, but as Huck reminisces about Jim and all he had brought into his life he makes a decision rapidly; he was going to save his friend. [He] do everything he could hink of for me, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had smallpox aboard, and he was so grateful, and said I was the best friend old Jim had in the world, and the only one hes got nowAll right, then Ill go to hell. (Twain, 206) This concludes that the division between Jim and Huck has become so minuet that it no longer influences Hucks decision. He was not going to stand-by and witness his only true friend and person who cared for him to be taken away without a fight, even if it meant his after life of peace in heaven.

It is quite obvious that Huck transformed tremendously through the novel. He began as a self-concerned child who took part in foolish make believe games, which he never enjoyed because he had seen and experienced the real world and was not capable of replacing it with a make-believe world. He decides, that all that stuff was only just one of Tom Sawyers lies. (Twain, 16) Jim was not as much able to introduce, but generate, trust, love, and morals into him, which he already possessed but needed the help from an outside force. In the beginning of the novel Huck viewed

Jim as a much lower, uneducated, and foolish black slave, but soon those stereotypes were almost deteriorated as a man with feelings and hopes replaced them. Unlike Mark Twain who still possessed the same perspectives of blacks, allowed the voice of the opposing society to voice their opinions through Huck and his actions. Hucks choices were not always correct because he caused others to be put in great danger put he learned from his mistakes, mostly through Jim, and was able to mature and separate what is important in life and what is not and make his decisions based on those aspects.

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Adventures Of Huck Finn By Twain

When children are born into the world they are completely free and
uncontaminated from outside influences and ideas but as life continues they grow
and are affected by society, their environment, and personal aspirations. All of
these reasons cause people and society to react in certain ways when confronted
with particular situations and people. Often the reactions to these
confrontations are based mainly on morality, yet no always as proven in The

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by the fictional writer, Mark Twain. Huckleberry

Finn, a young man who has experienced and survived great obstacles in his young
years, shaped his beliefs and morals but was capable of undergoing a
considerable change in both mind and heart with the help of his run away slave,

Jim. Jim and Huck had a relationship, which was transformed through time and
trust, but always had the reminder that one was white and the other was black.

This was a major influence on Hucks behavior towards Jim but through the
progression of the book Hucks attitude and respect towards Jim increases
considerably after Huck self-evaluates himself and society and begins to focus
on what is truly important but not always right. Huck is a strong-willed,
free-spirited youth who attempts to portray himself as a bad boy but often finds
himself doing just the opposite; however, several times he causes negative
situations which affects himself and people around him. When Jim and Huck find
each other after escaping their homes, they continue their journey down the
river together. One night Jim and Huck separate on the river because of the fog
but Huck finds Jim asleep after a few hours of searching for each other. When

Jim wakes Huck attempts to tell him that it was all a dream because they had
never been separated and there was never any fog. After lying so sufficiently
for all his life, Huck never considering how his lies affected a person and
especially a friendship until Jim told him.: When I got all wore out wid work,
en wid de callin for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos broke bekase
you wuz los, en I didnt kyer no mo what become er me en de raf.

En when I wake up en fine you back agin, all safe en soun, de tears come,
en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo foot, Is so thankful.

En all you wuz thinkin bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a
lie. Dat truck dah is trash; en trash is what people dat puts dirt on de head er
day frens en makes em ashamed. (Twain, 83) This was a turning point for
both Huck and Jims relationship because Huck realizes for the first time that
someone actually loves and cares about him and his well being. As a result, Huck
apologizes to Jim, which shows that Huck now posses respect for him even though
he is black. Through a misfortunate lie and situation trust and love was
rewarded to both runways.

As Huck and Jim proceed down river they encounter
numerous people and difficult circumstances but always remain together as their
relationship and trust develop. In chapter 31 Huck returns to the raft to
discover that Jim is gone and that the two frauds, which they had been traveling
with, had sold him for forty dollars. Huck contemplates what actions he should
take, whether he should allow Jim to be returned to his owner or save him, but
as Huck reminisces about Jim and all he had brought into his life he makes a
decision rapidly; he was going to save his friend.: [He] do everything he could
think of for me, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I
saved him by telling the men we had smallpox aboard, and he was so grateful, and
said I was the best friend old Jim had in the world, and the only one hes got
now…All right, then Ill go to hell. (Twain, 206) This concludes that the
division between Jim and Huck has become so minuet that it no longer influences

Hucks decision. He was not going to stand-by and witness his only true friend
and person who cared for him to be taken away without a fight, even if it meant
his after life of peace in heaven. It is quite obvious that Huck transformed
tremendously through the novel. He began as a self-concerned child who took part
in foolish make believe games, which he never enjoyed because he had seen and
experienced the real world and was not capable of replacing it with a
make-believe world. He decides, “that all that stuff was only just one of Tom

Sawyers lies.” (Twain, 16) Jim was not as much able to introduce, but
generate, trust, love, and morals into him, which he already possessed but
needed the help from an outside force. In the beginning of the novel Huck viewed

Jim as a much lower, uneducated, and foolish black slave, but soon those
stereotypes were almost deteriorated as a man with feelings and hopes replaced
them. Unlike Mark Twain who still possessed the same perspectives of blacks,
allowed the voice of the opposing society to voice their opinions through Huck
and his actions. Hucks choices were not always correct because he caused
others to be put in great danger put he learned from his mistakes, mostly
through Jim, and was able to mature and separate what is important in life and
what is not and make his decisions based on those aspects.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is based on a young boys coming of age in Missouri of the mid-1800s. This story depicts many serious issues that occur on the “dry land of civilization” better known as society. As these somber events following the Civil War are told through the young eyes of Huckleberry Finn, he unknowingly develops morally from both the conforming and non-conforming influences surrounding him on his journey to freedom. Hucks moral evolution begins before he ever sets foot on the raft down the Mississippi. His mother has died, and his father is constantly in a drunken state.

Huck grows up following his own rules until he moves in with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Together, the women attempt to civilize Huck by making him attend school, study religion, and act in a way the women find socially acceptable. However, Hucks free-spirited soul keeps him from joining the constraining and lonely life the two women have in store for him. The freedom Huck seeks in Tom Sawyers gang is nothing more than romantic childs-play. Raiding a caravan of Arabs really means terrorizing young children on a Sunday school picnic, and the stolen “joolry” is nothing more than turnips or rocks.

Huck is disappointed that the adventures Tom promises are not real and so, along with the other members, he resigns from the gang. Still, he ignorantly assumes that Tom is superior to him because of his more suitable family background and fascination with Romantic literature (Twain). Pap and”the kidnapping” play another big role in Hucks moral development. Pap is completely antisocial and wishes to undo all of the civilizing effects that the Widow and Miss Watson have attempted to instill in him. However, Pap does not symbolize freedom; he promotes drunkenness, prejudice, and abuse.

Huck escapes he cabin to search for the freedom he yearns for. It is after he escapes to Jackson Island that he meets the most influential character of the novel, Jim. After conversing, Huck learns things about the runaway slave that he had never been aware of. Jim has a family, dreams, and talents such as knowing “all kinds of signs about the future,” peoples personalities, and weather forecasting (Twain 69). However, Huck sees Jim as a gullible slave. He plays tricks on him like the “rattlesnake event” that nearly gets Jim killed.

At this point in the novel, Huck still holds the belief that blacks are essentially ifferent from whites. In addition, his conscience reminds him that hes a”low-down and dirty abolitionist” for helping Jim run away from his owner. Huck does not see that Jim is looking for freedom just as he is (Master Plots). The first adventure Huck and Jim take part in while searching for freedom is the steamboat situation. Huck shows development of character in tricking the watchman into going back to the boat to save the criminals.

Even though they are thieves, and plan to murder another man, Huck still feels that the forfeit of their lives would be too great a punishment. Some may see Hucks reaction to the event as crooked but, unlike most of society, Huck Finn sees the good in people and attempts to help them with sincerity and compassion. Getting lost in the fog while floating down the Mississippi River leads to a major turning point in the development of Huck Finns character. Up to this event, he has seen Jim as a lesser person than himself.

After trying to deny the fog event to Jim, he says, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a slave; but I done it, and I warnt ever sorry for it afterward, neither (Twain 92). He continues by explaining how he could never do such a thing again. Huck has clearly gained respect for Jim here, which explains the risks he is willing to take for Jim later in the book. A short yet significant scene is when the men on shore want to check Hucks raft for runaway slaves. He escapes by tricking them into thinking that his dad is onboard with smallpox.

This scene shows a negative view of human nature. The men had helped Huck until they realized that they were in danger themselves. They put their own safety above that of others, and while this is sometimes acceptable, it is by no means noble trait (Gerber). On the other hand, Huck risks his own freedom to see that Jim finds his. The feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepardsons adds to Hucks distaste for society and its teachings. In this adventure, Huck learns what a feud is and also witnesses the horrid aftermath the hostility brought upon the two families.

Another part of Hucks moral metamorphosis in this event is that he has come to miss the one man that has given him fatherly love throughout the excursion. The Duke and the King join Huck and Jim in the middle of the novel. The two con men use Huck and Jim to fulfill their greed and esires. Like the two men from the steamboat occurrence, Huck knows that their schemes are wrong. The con mens attempt to masquerade as the brothers of the late Peter Wilks is an important part of Hucks development. Later on the Duke and King try to take Peters estate, however, Huck decides to return the money to Peters three daughters.

This action demonstrates further moral growth, as does his choice to abandon the two con men. Huck also learns how conniving people can be while attending the funeral of Peter Wilks. Women would walk up to Peters daughters and “kiss their foreheads, and then put their hand on heir head, look up towards the sky with the tears running down, and bust out sobbing just to give the next woman a show” Huck has never seen anything “so disgusting. ” When he sees one of the daughters crying beside the coffin, it makes a deep impact on him (Twain 213).

Not only did he experience his first bout with puppy love, he also feels compassion for an innocent victim. “All right then, Ill go to hell! ” represents the highest point in Hucks moral development. He has decided to go against his conscience by freeing Jim, and in doing so, reject society. While the society he has grown up in teaches that reeing slaves is wrong, Huck has evolved to a point where he can realize that what he feels is right, and that his own beliefs are superior to those of Southern civilization (Englewood 47).

Jim has taught him what it is like to feel free while gliding down the Mississippi. When Huck would need safety from the dry land, Jim has always been his haven. However, the next situation Jim and Huck go through will bring another turning point–for the worst. When Tom Sawyers relatives catch Jim, Huck decides he will get his friend back. He sees Uncle Silas as such a good man, but fails to see that he owns slaves like ll the rest. Also, just as Jim looks up to Huck, Huck looks up to Tom Sawyer, and lets his useless rescue attempts jeopardize Jims freedom.

Jim does show compassion yet again when he attempts to save the Duke and King from being tarred and feathered, but there is an apparent stagnant period in Hucks development during the “rescue attempt. ” Huck lets Tom Sawyer take the controls and sits quietly while Tom puts Jim through ordeal after ordeal (Twain 296). When it is made certain that Jim is a free man, Huck learns the truth about his fathers death and who was in the floating house at the beginning of he journey. It is made evident to the reader that Huck thanks Jim for protecting him from the gruesome nature, and does not regret the adventures he and Jim had together.

Huckleberry Finn was able to rise above the rest of society. As a young boy, he learned many things about the cruel world, and what freedom really means. Huck will never accept “civilization” and he will always go back to the safety net of the Mississippi River. Though there were times when he made the wrong decision, the reader must realize that growing up is a trial-and-error. Society has come a long way since the Civil War, and it is mportant to realize that people like the characters, Jim and Huckleberry Finn, have made freedom accessible to all that need a harbor from the dry limits of society soil (Englewood 53).

Although Huckleberry Finn seems to get into a lot of trouble, as he is dishonest at many times throughout the novel, his character seems to melt in the readers hand once his fine moral nature begins to unfold. The game Huck plays drifts him into an occasion of rare moral crisis, where he must choose between violating the entire code of social, religious, conventional behavior which the world has taught him, and betraying the person ho needs and loves him most and whom he loves most. He writes a letter which tells Miss Watson that her slave, Jim, is in Mr. Phelps possession.

After writing the letter he says: “I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever so in my life, and I knowed I could pray now. But I didnt do it straight off but laid the paper down and set there thinking how good it was all this happened so, and how near I come to being lost and going to hell. ” After studying the letter he then said, “All right, then, Ill go to hell” and tore it up (Twain 216). Another thing that affected Huck and may ave contributed to his unhappiness that brought him over the edge to run away was lack of money.

Early on Huck and his father sold his fortune to Judge Thatched for a dollar. This lack of money may have put an even bigger strain on the father, causing him drink his sorrows away and act irrationally towards Huck. This brought on the constant beatings that Huck was forced to endure until he gained the courage to fake his death, and leave his pitiful life back at the mouth of the river. Money also played a part concerning those two swindling crooks, the King and Duke. The king and Duke tried to pass themselves off as eing distant relatives.

Their new identity would put them at hand with a large amount of cash. Ultimately their cover was revealed. Huck is able to escape unscathed, but the King and Duke werent as fortunate as tar and feathers awaited them (Twain 318). Drinking also plays a part in Hucks dilemmas as the story unravels drinking led Hucks father to beat him. Living in an unhappy situation such as this gave Huck reason to start out on his own adventure. Drinking also led to the Dukes easy admittance of hiding the money. In this situation, the drunkenness exhibited by both characters helped to put a hole in their cover up.

While they were questioned and served a heavy punishment, it was really Huck who stole the money before all of their eyes (Master Plots). Throughout the novel Huck overcomes numerous obstacles and endures various negative repercussions to attain both emotional and physical freedom. Twains implied lessons were expressed within Huckleberrys moral dilemmas. The novel ends with a frustrated Huck stating; ” Aunt Sally shes gonna adopt me and civilize me and I cant stand it. I been there before. ” Although the novel ends leaving the reader with a sense that Huck is truly free, he will forever be followed by his moral dilemmas.

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