Theme Of Loneliness In Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published after civil war America but is set during the civil war era. The society in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is very different than the society of today. The contrast between Huck Finn’s society and today’s society allows one to better understand the moral growth Huck Finn faces throughout the book. Mark Twain uses loneliness as a theme throughout the novel to criticize society by highlighting Huck’s initial outcast mentality and then his morale development.
The book starts off with Huck explaining his life and the changes since the audience last heard from him in the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Huck’s character goes from being a secondary character to the main character in this novel. As Huck begins to talk about his life, Mark Twain’s use diction to expresses the motif of loneliness makes it clear Huck disagrees with society. “Miss Watson she kept pecking at me, and it got tiresome and lonesome”(Chap. 1, P. 7). …show more content…
Huck’s morals develop to a point where Jim and him are equals and this is illustrated at a point in the story where Huck feels bad for hurting Jim’s feelings. While along the river Huck and Jim became separated by fog but Huck eventually finds Jim. Huck decides to play a trick on Jim by pretending that when two men were not actually lost to each other the previous night and that it was all a dream. Huck’s trick made Jim infuriated, he feels betrayed and belittled by the trick, and he left to go into the wigwam. At this point in the story, Huck feels remorse for what he has done. “It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed his foot to get him to take it back”(Chap. 15, P. 80), Huck feels guilty for the way he treated Jim and for how he reacted. The regret Huck feels shows that he is developing morals that contrast with society’s morals. No one in society cares if they hurt a slave 's