The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

2288 Words May 19th, 2016 10 Pages
Everyone is shaped by their upbringing. How someone is raised shapes how they view the world and how they feel about society. But what happens when someone is raised by hypocrisy and intolerance? This theme is explored in Mark Twain’s fictional novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain uses events, circumstances, and villains to model Huck’s internal battle between heart and conscience, and his external battle with society. The first step one must go through to cleanse his or her self from their upbringing is to get away from the detrimental environment. This decision can be very difficult as instinct and conscience will tell one to stay in the comfort zone. However, a sound heart will urge the decision to leave. Huck’s decision to completely leave society shows that his good heart will overrule his deformed conscience. “I says to myself, I can fix it now so nobody won’t think of following me,” (Twain 31). Huck does not just run away, he fakes his own death so that no one will look for him leaving him completely free from influence. The fact that Huck puts so much effort into making sure he is not found or followed shows his commitment to ridding himself of his poisoned upbringing. If his deformed conscience had complete control over him, he would have not gone the extra mile to cover his tracks. While on the run Huck runs into Jim, a black slave on the run as well, and promises not to turn him in. Since Huck decides to keep his word, it illustrates that Huck is…

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