The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins with Huck introducing himself. He is wild and carefree, playing jokes on people and believing them all to be hilarious. When his adventures grow to involve new moral questions never before raised, there is a drastic change in his opinions, thoughts, and his views of "right and wrong", and Huck's "rejection of the values of society has tried to instill in him" (Wright 154). By the time the book is over, it is apparent that he has matured greatly since the beginning of the novel. Certainly the people and events Huck comes in contact with through his adventures causes this change, which include: Jim, the Duke and the King with the Wilks' family, Pap and the Widow Douglas, and the
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Huck also eventually decides that his values overrule religion (by ripping up the note to Miss Watson to inform her about Jim), even though religion is still a force that should be though about. In his eyes, he is going to go to hell and suffer eternally because of helping Jim escape and not returning him back to his "owner". He realizes that Jim is more human than he was led to believe. Huck's view of "right and wrong" also changes. He still lies and plays jokes, but now he feels some guilt whenever he does this. An example of this is when he tricks Jim into believing he was dreaming about the fog. When Jim says, "…en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren's en makes 'em feel ashamed" (Twain 90), this makes Huck feel bad enough to apologize and he finally realizes that tricking Jim is wrong and that he has feelings. Huck has a lot of trust in Jim, but other people on the journey have helped the rebellious boy grow up.
The Duke and King also changes Huck's way of thinking. They made him realize that the life of a thief and con man was not a way to live because it hurt other people. While they were trying to scam the Wilks' money, Huck chose to help the innocent Wilks girls, instead of the King and Duke. Huck's morals kicked in and he learned to think of others instead of himself. The Duke and King were very unappreciative for Huck's help while the Wilks' girls were very grateful