Huck Vs. Society Essay

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Consequently, Mark Twain recognized the double standard and addresses it in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.Huck was not raised in accordance or the accepted ways of civilization at the time, in fact, he faces many aspects of society which end up making him choose his own individuality over civilization. In a sense, he raises himself. He relies on his instincts and skills he learns from other people to guide him throughout his life. Twain depicts a theme of how civilization and the ethics of a society can conflict with individuality. Huck is a social outcast because he has been out on his own and reared from a drunken father and no mother. Huck experiences that social conventions ...view middle of the document...

I tried to make out to myself I warn’t to blame…but it warn’t no use.”
Huckleberry had his own way of living. After leaving the Widow Douglas for a little while, he didn’t want to go back. “Two months or more run along, and my clothes got to be all rags and dirt, and I didn’t see how I’d ever got to like it so well at the widow’s, where you had to wash and eat on a plate, and comb up, and go to bed and get up regular, and be forever bothering over a book and have old miss Watson pecking at you all the time. I didn’t want to go back no more. I had stopped cussing because the widow didn’t like it, but now took to it again because Pap hadn’t no objection” (Twain 29). Although Pap abandoned Huck, he was with Pap again and he liked living with Pap better than living with the Widow Douglas. Pap didn’t mind any of the things Huck did and didn’t force him to be “sivilized.” The widow made him go to school even though he didn’t like it. “At first I hated the school, but by and by I got so I could stand it. Whenever I got uncommon tired I played hookey, and the hiding I got next day done me good and cheered me up. So the longer I went to school the easier it got to be. I was getting sort of used to the Widow’s ways, too, and they warn’t so rapsy on me living in a hurse and sleeping in a bed pulled on me pretty tight, mostly, but before the cold weather I used to slide out and sleep in the woods, sometimes, and so that was a rest to me. I liked the old ways best, but I was getting so I liked the new ones, too, a little bit. The widow said I was coming along slow but sure, and doing very satisfactory. She said she warn’t ashamed of me.
Huck makes himself look like he has been killed and civilization is more distressed about finding his body rather than finding his real body, which is with Pap. Later on, Huck and Jim go out down the Mississippi river and Huck loves it because he enjoys all of the flexibility he has in the open instead of having to deal with all of the civilization of society. Author Martin Jay says, “The worst prominent example of Huck’s ability to develop a self outside the constraints of society is best continued in chapter 31. Huck states “all right, I’ll go to hell” he concludes he’s actually evil and society has been in the right all...

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