Struggle For Freedom In Jon Krakauer's Into The Wild

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Huck struggles with his feelings about slavery and the overall moral norms of society compared to his own beliefs. His ability to decide for himself what is right as compared to what society tells him is right evolves throughout the story. Huck’s search for freedom from what society wants him to be is very similar to the struggle of Chris Chandless, the real-life main character in the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Although the books were written one-hundred and eleven years apart, the search for such freedom by both main characters shows that for many people the need to break away from what they’ve been told to believe still occurs.

Huck learns that even though slavery is legal where he lives it is not right. This change in Huck’s view
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In the beginning of the book, Huck does not feel sympathy for Jim and sees him as less than himself. He even worries about his own punishment for helping a runaway slave get to freedom. In the beginning of the book, Huck and Tom tease Jim and play tricks on him. “Tom said he slipped Jim 's hat off of his head and hung it on a limb right over him, and Jim stirred a little, but he didn 't wake.” (Twain 8) Huck then plays a trick on him when they are on the raft in the fog. Huck disappears in the fog and Jim gets very worried because he cannot find him. Huck eventually makes his way back to the raft to find Jim asleep. Jim is relieved to know that Huck is alive, but Huck decides to trick Jim into thinking that he dreamt the whole event. Early on in the book, Huck begins to feel guilty about Miss Watson losing her property, Jim. The more time he spends with Jim, the more he …show more content…
Huck knows it is wrong to lie, but he often has to lie in order to do what is right for Jim and to protect himself from his violent, alcoholic father who is after Huck’s new fortune. Huck feels bad when he lies but since he is so good at it he often gets himself out of very sticky situations. “Mornings before daylight I slipped into cornfields and borrowed a watermelon, or a mushmelon, or a punkin, or some new corn, or things of that kind. Pap always said it warn 't no harm to borrow things if you was meaning to pay them back some time; but the widow said it warn 't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.” (Twain 37) Huck feels guilt for taking food without permission but does it anyway because he needs the food. The fact that Huck is stealing someone’s property, Jim, according the societal morals of Missouri goes against how he feels about Jim being free. Another example of Huck’s struggle is when he and Jim board the sinking ship and find murderers on board, Huck does not want the men on the ship to die and feels bad for stealing their raft. He tries to get them help by alerting a night-watchman and telling him that his family is stuck on the sinking boat, but it is too late. This is an example of how Huck realizes that even though they are bad people that should be punished, he still attempts to

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