Huck Finn: A Mind Of Conflict

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The mind of Huckleberry Finn is in a constant battle with none other than itself, one side always choosing to debate against the other. Huckleberry Finn is a young boy that embarks on a perilous journey to save his friend Jim from enslavement in the fiction novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Throughout the story Huck encounters people that change the way he thinks, has a couple of major internal conflicts while floating down the Mississippi River, and makes a decision that sets him on a determined course no matter the consequences.
During the novel Huck encounters multiple people the alter his way of thinking and changes his morals.Tom Sawyer, Huck's best friend heavily influences the superego of Huck's mind in telling him the "regular" and "proper" way to break Jim free from the plantation. Huck shows Tom's prominence in his superego when he narrates that, "But we had to have it; Tom said we'd got to..." (Twain 259). The way that Huck interprets the right to get Jim out is being monopolized by Tom. Tom is there to show Huck whats the "proper" way to free Jim, and what he says takes deep root in Huck's mind during this time. The encounters with the King and Duke impact the way id side of Huck's brain. All the various tricks and scams that the King and Duke did were altering what thought of as right and wrong, and he began to think morally wrong things were right. Not only that, but they also altered the way he acts and began to get him to unquestioningly do things to help them in their schemes as shown when Huck tells that, "We had all bought store clothes where we stopped last; and now the king put his'n on, and he told me to put mine on. I done it, of course" (160). Huck shows his willingness to obey, but more than that he says "of course" so as to show that he did not even think twice about where as people of correct morality would have. Huck shows that throughout his encounters with various characters his way of thinking changed, and even caused him to have a mental battle with himself on the Mississippi River.
Huck has a couple of extreme internal conflicts while floating along the Mississippi River with Jim. Huck, while traveling along the river, stops at St.Petersburg to get information. On this stop he got careless and leaves all of his supplies on the raft to which, after having to make a quick escape, thinks to himself that, "It warn';t good judgement to put everything on the raft" (65). Huck usually goes off of the id side of his brain and does things with little or no fear of any repercussions. In this case, after just carelessly leaving everything and almost paying with both his and Jim's lives he comes to the knowledge that maybe this time, the id side of his brain worked against him. Huck's superego also conflicts with him when he thinks to himself when, after an argument with Jim on the raft he recounts, "It was fifteen minutes longer...

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