Moral Development In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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Throughout the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck’s character changes and develops significantly. At the start of the novel, Huck lives with Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson. The two impose strict, religious rules upon him meanwhile Huck has to decide his own morals and values. He starts out unwilling to fully accept Widow Douglas and Miss Watson’s teachings. This is evident when Huck refuses to pray, not only because he believes that praying doesn't really work, but because he does not believe in Miss Watson’s words, to help others before worrying about yourself. Huck concludes that following Miss Watson’s words of wisdom will never provide any benefit to himself, so he ignores them. Furthermore, he can …show more content…
This is mainly due to the fact that Jim is a part of his life now. As a result, Huck has not only himself, but Jim to look out for also. Throughout chapters 19 through 31, Huck and Jim are stuck with two con-men, the Duke and the Dauphin. The Duke and the Dauphin go through riverside towns and decieve people out of their money. Huck is faced with a moral dilemma when it comes to the two con-men and decides to keep from telling Jim that the Duke and Dauphin are not actually a duke nor a dauphin. Although Huck realizes that the Duke and Dauphin tricks are immoral, he does not exploit the two con men for Jim’s sake since he knows that the Duke and Dauphin will expose Jim as a runaway slave if he or Jim does anything to upset them or disrupt their conning. This shows Huck’s compassion, understanding, and respect for Jim. Further in the novel, Huck faces the moral dilemma of whether or not to tell Miss Watson that Jim had run away. He starts to write a letter to Miss Watson, but proceeds to tear up the note. Huck reflects back on their time together and realizes their friendship and its importance in his life. This is an extreme development in Huck’s character as it shows that Huck is willing to ignore all societal boundaries, follow his heart, and fully accept his friendship with Jim. In addition, Huck has developed tremendously from his beginnings. At the beginning of the novel, Huck proves he is selfish and immature through his words and actions such as ignoring Miss Watson’s words of wisdom, and planting a dead snake by Jim’s bed, but as the novel continues, Huck develops into a character that is compassionate, understanding, and one that values true friendship despite all societal and racial

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