Morality in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Samuel L. Clemens's, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is told through the eyes of a young man, the narrator and protagonist, Huckleberry Finn. He learns about life and society through the nature of the world. He finds himself in many unpredictable situations, and constantly in different settings. These settings consist of land, the shore of the Mississippi River, or on a small raft floating downstream. There is always danger near because of his companion, the runaway slave, Jim. Also, there are hidden hazards that can pop up at any time. Amazingly, with the schooling he lacks, he knows how to deal with these dangers of the world. Through his impressive ways of life and independence, he learns about society around him, achieving his own sense of right and wrong.
An event that allows his conscience to trouble him throughout most of his journey is when he meets Jim at Jackson Island. He is forced to make a decision of freeing a runaway slave, or returning him to the owner, Miss Watson. He follows with what his heart believes, and aids Jim in finding his freedom. Huck's heart beats faster than it ever has before, for he is constantly wondering if he is making the right choice. Huck would definitely be breaking the law if he freed Jim. The confrontation of two men looking for several runaway slaves, asking to see the passengers of their raft, allows Huck to lie. Therefore, he feels guilt and responsible lying. Remembering what Jim had said, "you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de only fren' old Jim's got now" (99), helps clear his guilty conscience and realizes that he has grown closer to Jim. It would be very hard to turn him in, knowing Jim accepts Huck as a trusted friend. Feeling guilty for lying for a runaway slave and the thought of turning Jim in would give Huck the same amount of guilt.
Although Huckleberry Finn faces a lot a lot of trouble along his journey, his moral character unfolds. He runs into two "low-down humbugs and frauds" (132), the Duke and the King, who are running away from prosecution. Huck knows that their schemes are wrong, however, Huck...