The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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The famous author Mark Twain describes his controversial book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as “a book of [his] where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat”(Twain). Rather than eroding the moral values of Huck, a young white boy from the Antebellum South, and Jim, a black slave fleeing seeking true freedom, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn succeeds in maintaining Huck’s status as a hero figure and Jim’s numerous positive qualities, thanks to Huck’s growth in empathy for Jim, his decision to save Jim from slavery, and Jim’s valiant actions.
Every estimable classic sparks debate or causes conflict. As is the case with Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which infuriates many due to its numerous perceived shortcomings and controversial portrayals. A major flaw in the novel, as pointed out by Jane Smiley of Harper’s Magazine, is that by the end of the book, Huck and Jim have “drifted into what for Jim must be the most frightening territory of all-- down the river, the very place Miss Watson was going to sell him to begin with” (Smiley). While this argument is accurate, it fails to grasp the fact that “all fiction is rigged” (Nichols). All great writers sculpt their story to fit and benefit their greater aim, which, in Twain’s case, was to develop and strengthen the unique relationship between Jim and Huck. So as a means to an end, “Twain needed to create a situation in which Jim and Huck were forced to spend a good deal of time…

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