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Moral Development In Huckleberry Finn And The Great Gatsby

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Moral Development in Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby

   Moral Development, according to the Webster's dictionary means an

improvement or progressive procedure taken to be a more ethical person, and

to distinctly differentiate between right and wrong.  The Adventures of

Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby, both pose as pieces of literature

that vividly portray moral development through the narrator's point of view.


 Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, wants the

reader to see and focus on the search for freedom.  As on the other hand,

Francis Scott Fitzgerald, author of Great Gatsby, wants you to see the

American Dream, which is a freedom as well, a socio-economic freedom. These

authors have chosen their narrators well, as we see a significant number of

action that have brought them to be ethically developed.  Narration in a

story is important, and is usually told by a main character.  These

narrators face a world of confusion, a world of fear, a world of adventure,

and most of all, a world of opportunity.  By these things I mean that Nick

Caraway, and Huckleberry Finn have a chance to mature as time progresses

though the novel, and then make a remarkable move to end up as a hero.

The narrators of The Great Gatsby and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

develop morally as the relate the story that reflects each one's position

in society.



      The Great Gatsby, by Fitzgerald, is narrated by Nick Caraway.  Nick

is a sophisticated observer of character, who starts out as an amoral

person.  His character is a very peculiar one, because he is somewhat

neutral though this whole story, especially without condemning others of

what they don't have.  "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just

remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages

you've had".  This advice was given to Nick by his father, which stuck to

him ever since.  This quote reflects a little bit of Nick's personality.

He tends to hold judgements to himself, which opened up a lot of curious

natures.  He doesn't seem to be involved with what is going on , but is

still aware of everyone's actions.  Another character that has a major

role in this story is Jay Gatsby.  Gatsby is a person with a dream...the

American Dream, which is done by visualization of his boyhood ambitions

like those of Benjamin Franklin. Gatsby, in the story trys to test Nick's

amoral position, by dragging him into an illegal business deal.  Nick

falls for this deal, but the admits to the fact that Gatsby stood for

everything that Nick dislikes.  Such as the big parties, the "living on

the edge" sort of life style.  "They're a rotten crowd," 'I shouted across

the lawn'.  "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."..'.I've

always been glad I said that.  It was...

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