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Decisions Of The Conscience In Crime And Punishment By Dostoyevsky And Huckleberry Finn By Twain

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“Sometimes one can't stand things,” a simple but meaningful quote for Crime and Punishment and Huckleberry Finn. This quote indicates an individual's inability to bare a certain situation. Concerning the novels, the quote displays how the character's can't mentally digest society or crime and how they react.
The quote mentioned above was chosen for a couple of reasons. First, the quote plays a crucial roll in both novels that helps with the character's decisions. The decisions that are made are highly influenced by whether or not the character can conscientiously handle the thought of some thought. Thus the character's actions will be effected.
Secondly, this quote has lifelike values ...view middle of the document...

Additionally, Raskolnikov also has great tribulation after he commits the crime. Now having the actually guilt of the action, he becomes mentally unstable and his physique proves greatly weakened. Nastasya, his maid, comes in while he's on the sofa and says, “You've eaten nothing since yesterday, I warrant. You've been trudging about all day, and you're shaking with fever.” (Dostoevsky ). Raskolnikov's physical body now shows he's under stress. The constant battle between right and wrong within his conscience, which proves too much for him, effects his body as well. Raskolnikov cannot mentally or physically bare what he has done.
Now, throughout Huckleberry Finn, Huck also has thoughts and mental battles that he struggles with. Having been raised as a civilized young man, Huck rebels against that form of living because he does not want to become like the rest of society. He hates the idea of slavery, school, and speaking in a formal manner. He then runs away from his manipulative father, who isn't a true father to Huck, faking his own death. During these actions, Huck is conscientiously at war with lawful and unlawful concerning society standards. In this rebellion, Huck then begins to make his own decisions based off of what he feels to be correct. These are results of his disgust for society that have built up while maturing. To counter his disgust of society, Huck begins to make decisions for himself, which ultimately leads him on his journey.

One of the things Huck could not bare within the novel was the slavery. This hatred for slavery grew throughout the book as Huck got closer to Jim, a black slave of Huck's caregiver. Huck, could not stand the thought of Jim not having any freedom. Later in the story, the king and the duke, two rascals, sold Jim. Though he knows it is wrong, Huck says, “All right, then, Ill go to hell”...

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