Effect Of The Most Important Scene From Mark Twain’s Huck Finn

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There are moments in our life that define who we will become; those moments are both good and bad. Unfortunately it is easier to remember the bad instead of the good, easier to remember what happened to us instead of what you did. But as Brain Bosworth once said “There is no one definig moment that kills you or makes you.” –Bosworth Such as Mark Twain’s charming character Huck Finn and his struggles to define himself. I believe that the most important scene and struggle in the story is his decision about the letter to Miss Watson. This is the most important scene because it shows Huck’s change in his upbringing, morality, and religion.
Huckleberry Finn was taught since he was a child that black men are to be slaves and nothing else, by not turning Jim in with the letter he banishes all that he was taught, making the letter scene the most influential. When Huck Finn had to settle down at Miss Watson for a while he is forced to learn how to be a gentlemen; he must go to church, go to school, wear the right clothes, and talk the right way. “The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied.” He then runs away to get away from all of the fuss to then find Jim, they become friends and many other adventures ensue until Huck writes a letter meant for Miss Watson. To send the letter would turn Jim in, however Huck has grown attached and could not fathom turning Huck in. By not turning Jim in Huck turn into more than just a boy he has turned into a man that makes his own decisions. “A man is known by the company he keeps.” Aesope
Huck’s moral stance really shines through when he makes the decision if he should send the letter or not to send the letter to Miss Watson. “It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: "All right, then, I'll go to hell"- and tore it up.” At this moment Huck is making a conscious to his own moral code instead of what others think he should do. At that time it would have been tactical to turn in...

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