Essay Society's Influence on Huckleberry Finn

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The characteristics and development of one’s inner being are determined by the presence or total absence of the influence of society. We, as a society, learn and grow based on the information and sociocultural influences around us. Therefore, we also grow based on the lack of society in our daily lives and activities. For example, in the satirical narrative written by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the audience encounters the primary protagonist, Huck Finn, at a catalyzing moment in his fictional life. He is entrapped within the constant struggle between society’s influence and the empty freedom that is presented through nature throughout the text. In context, the influential grasp of society never truly engulfs the …show more content…
This specific quote shows an early mindset of the young protagonist, showing that he is able to decide not to indulge in the mischief Tom wants to inflict on Jim with the wrong intentions. Another quote that shows how Huckleberry Finn’s own personal conscience differed from Southern Americans in this time period could be examined when Huck played a mischievous prank on Jim. The author, in an attempt to show the emotional and psychological development of the protagonist, writes: “I went to the cavern to get some, and found a rattlesnake in there. I killed him, and curled him up on the foot of Jim's blanket, ever so natural, thinking there'd be some fun when Jim found him there.. the snake's mate was there, and bit him.” (Twain 73) This simple prank, which was meant to be a humorous prank for Huck, turns serious the moment the snake’s partner strikes revenge upon the foot of Jim. In a later section of the paragraph, the audience can detect how upset this has made Huckleberry Finn. He is devastated that he caused Jim this pain and hopes that he “never finds out he did it”. Twain is showing how, over a period of time, Huck is developing his own moral compass away from society’s magnetic pull. Nature gives the protagonist a way to separate himself from society’s primary influence, but it is unwise to believe that it will completely change the way the protagonist views political topics of this era – such as slavery.
As the fictional narration progresses

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