The Moral Development Of Huck Finn Essay

1963 Words Mar 18th, 2016 8 Pages
Huckleberry Finn is a novel about the moral development of a young boy named Huck, following his encounter with a runaway slave named Jim. During this journey, Huck constantly finds himself in challenging moral situations. Society has taught Huck all his life that slavery is wrong. Further, Huck demonstrates in the beginning of the novel a willingness to conform to others desires and beliefs. But, following this encounter with Jim, and as they journey down the Mississippi river together, Huck begins to develop as a more mature and moral person. A moral person entails making one’s own decisions without being influenced by the other people. Making one’s own decisions and ideas is the epitome of a moral and mature person. As Huck and Jim travel down the river Huck begins to think on his own, and follow his conscience regardless of what society pressures him to do. By the end of the novel, this maturation is truly significant, and Huck’s adventures with Jim, lead Huck to becoming a moral and mature young man at the end of the novel.
The beginning of the novel serves to demonstrate Huck Finn’s initial immaturity, lack of independence, and conformist relationship with others and society. Other’s views and wishes significantly influence his actions. This is shown during the cave scene as Huck looks to Tom and his other friends for approval of, and guidance for, all of his decisions: “I was most ready to cry; but all at once I thought of a way, and so I offered them Miss…

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