The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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In the American classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain addresses the conflict between the dictates of one’s society and the contradictory dictates of one’s own conscience through the protagonist Huck Finn. As society challenges Huck and his own beliefs, he chooses to follow the dictates of his own conscience; his moral character develops and the major themes of racism and humanity shine through. In the beginning of the novel, Huck feels no moral guilt in relation to how he treats Jim or any African-American for that matter. The society in which Huck lives tells him that African-Americans are not to be treated as fully-human. Huck does not question this at first and goes along with what society tells him, or face the possibility of getting into trouble. Huck’s use of the word “nigger” alone tells the reader that Huck did not really think of slaves as “human.” For example, Huck first introduces Jim as “Miss Watson’s big nigger…” (Twain 3), showing that he first viewed Jim as no more than property. Huck’s society has suppressed his own moral development, and it is not until he leaves that he begins to really evolve and become an independent person. As the novel progresses, both Huck and Jim are able to escape the dictations of their society and become their own people. While on the raft, Jim and Huck are free to behave however they please and think for themselves. It is at this point that Huck begins to see Jim in a whole new light. As Jim…

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