Mark Twain 's The Adventures Of A Boy With A Sense Of Adventure Restricted By Civilization

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Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn shows how ethical morals often contrast with societal expectations. The novel follows the trials and tribulations of a young boy from Missouri named Huck and his adventures down the mighty Mississippi with his guardian’s slave, Jim. Huck’s bold personality helps develop his understanding of the world around him. Twain’s characters assist in portraying the hypocrisy of the Southern culture. The setting of the novel implicitly illustrates the dynamic nature of emotional morality; the confusion behind the personal meaning of right and wrong stems from historical expectations and norms. Twain’s plot of a boy with a sense of adventure restricted by civilization is essential to analyzing the stark contrast of societal order and the freedom of human interaction. The elements of characters and setting establish a plot that is much more than the adventures of a boy named Huck Finn; Twain uses the novel to describe the societal ills that make Huck opposed to his own “civilization.” The characters of Huck and Jim, as well as the characters that the two meet along their journey, are essential in indicating the difference between societal expectations and emotional morality. Miss Watson, who is properly educated, well-versed in the Bible, and respectful, takes Huck in to teach him how to be a “sivilized” member of society (2), which is essentially conformity to societal expectations and obedience of the law. However, Miss Watson has…

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