An Analysis Of The Most Important Scene Presented In Mark Twain’s Text Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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“She was going to live so as to go to the good place. Well, I couldn’t see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn’t try for it.” (Finn, 12) From the moment Huckleberry Finn is introduced in Mark Twain’s text Tom Sawyer, it is beyond evident that he is a boy that is not like most in this society. Huck comes from one of the lowest levels of the white society in which he lives. The truth of the matter is that this is not at all Huck’s fault. His low place in society stems from the fact that his father is an excessive drunk, that disappears for large periods of time, and when he does surface, he spends almost all of that time alternating between being jailed and abusing Huck. Therefore, Huckleberry Finn has become a bit of a ruffian himself, spending a majority of his time homeless, floating along the river, smoking his pipe and running a small gang with one of his only friends, Tom Sawyer. Throughout the course of this text, we watch as Huck transforms from this mindset of very little capacity for competent judgment and a very narrow minded concept of what is right and what is wrong to one of very broad minded perspective with an incredibly complex idea of the differences between rights and wrong. Within Mark Twain’s text Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry undergoes a series of very intense events that ultimately lead to a complete change in the development of his character.
The most important scene within Twain’s text is without a doubt the scene where Jim is sent to Mr. Phelps farm, and Huck has to choose between helping Jim and staying loyal to Miss Watson. During the latter half of the novel, one of the men they were previously traveling with pulls the ultimate scam and captures then sells Huck’s companion, Jim. Huck begins by being incredibly torn as to what to do, but ultimately decides to write a letter to Tom Sawyer in order to tell Miss Watson where Jim is with the hope that it would keep Jim from being sold. However, Huck soon makes the connection that Miss Watson has every intention to sell Jim anyway, so he is faced with one of the biggest decisions of his life. If Huck were to help Jim escape, everyone would look down on him for helping a runaway slave escape. A small portion of Huck’s internal turmoil is actually described by stating, “My wickedness was being watched all the time whilst from up there in heaven, whilst I was stealing a poor old woman’s nigger that hadn’t ever done me no harm.” (Finn, 206) Though this scene takes place toward the end of the text, it can easily be described as the turning point of the entire story. Huckleberry Finn has just been faced with one of the most important decisions of his entire life, not only due to the gravity of his choices, but also because this decision is a reflection of nearly every other choice he will make from this point on in the text. If Huck chooses to save Jim, his ideas of right and wrong will forever be expanded, and if he chooses to...

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