Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn '

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Conflict of Conscience
The term conscience is generally defined as “an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one 's behavior.” In most cases, conscience is dictated by one’s upbringing, both in one’s family and the society in which one dwells. One of the best literary demonstrations of conscience is Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which the author himself described as a book “where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision.” In the novel, Huck Finn’s deformed conscience and his essentially sound heart come into conflict, an opposition that Twain uses to explore the general theme of conscience. This conflict is exacerbated and exemplified through the relationship between Huck and Jim, and the central conflict of the novel comes at the moment where conscience is defeated. Throughout the novel, Twain presents various characters with varying degrees of conscience to demonstrate the general theme; he specifically draws Huckleberry as a specimen of a deformed conscience which is all the more appalling due to his youth and innocence. Huck’s view of right and wrong is in most cases underdeveloped, and in many other cases completely wrong according to the modern idea of humanity. He was raised to see slaves as property, to understand stealing as justifiable, and to respect those who gained their ends through unsavory means. Huckleberry does not view the King and the Duke, who are the prime examples of…

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