Huck Finn Morality Essay

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, author Mark Twain uses Huck to demonstrate how one's conscience is an aspect of everyday life. The decisions we make are based on what our conscience tells us which can lead us the right way or the wrong way. Huck's deformed conscience leads him the wrong way early on in the chapters, but eventually in later chapters his sound mind sets in to guild him the rest of the way until his friend Tom Sawyer shows up. Society believes that slaves should be treated as property; Huck's sound mind tells him that Jim is a person, a friend, and not property. Society does not agree with that thought, which also tampers with Huck's mind telling him that he is wrong. Though Huck does not realize that his own instinct are more moral than those of society, Huck chooses to follow his innate sense of right instead of following society's rules.In chapter 16, Huck goes through a moral conflict of whether he should turn Jim in or not. "I was paddling off, all in a sweat to tell on him; but when he says this, it seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me (89)." Right off from the beginning, Huck wanted to turn Jim in because it was against society's rules to help a slave escape and Huck knew it. But when Jim said that "Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de only fren' ole Jim's got now (89)," made helped Huck to grasp the concept that there is a friendship in the making. Even though Huck didn't turn Jim in, he is till troubled by his conscience when the slave catchers were leaving because he knows it is wrong to help a slave. Still Huck cannot bring himself forward to tell on Jim, thus showing that his innate sense of right exceeds that of society.Huck finds out that all of the bad things he did are coming back to haunt him. In chapter 31 when Jim gets sold for forty dollars, Huck realizes that "here was the plain hand of Providence slapping me in the face and letting me know my wickedness was being watched all the time whilst from up there in heaven." It also scared Huck because all this karma, what comes around goes around, was happening to him. Thus foreshadowing that helping a slave escape will have its consequences in the future. It also foreshadows that since Jim is now captured, Huck will have to rescue him because they have bonded so much throughout the voyage. Huck then has to struggle with his conscience about returning Jim to Miss Watson so he decides to write a letter to Miss Watson. After Huck wrote the letter...

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