The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is an excellent study of morality. The main character, Huck, encounters people like Widow Douglas, Mary Jane, Susan, Joanna, and Aunt Sally who serve as foils for Huck throughout the novel. Huck in encountering these foils is able to decipher moral decisions that are plagued by civilizing influences. One instance is where Huck is touched by Aunt Sally’s genuine concern of him and “Sid” that Huck feels reprehensible for leaving her, and vows never to hurt her again. Another instance deals with what Widow Douglas and society teach Huck, which is not to assist a slave in escaping since that will send them to Hell. Huck is then put into the position where he can either save Jim from slavery or turn him in to Miss Watson, and Huck chooses to save Jim no matter the consequences. A person can do wrong, and right themselves by undoing what they did which expresses human decency. Huck displays human decency when he facilitates the robbers in stealing the girls’ money, but then he has a discussion with the girls and feels remorse for his actions, so he steals back the money from the girls. Redemption is a form of morality that humans have, and Huck displays within the novel. Twain eludes Huck as an example of human honor.
Honor may not be correct at first, but it is the ability to do the right thing even if a person is committing something wrong.
Honor may not be correct at first; it is the ability to do the right thing even if a person is committing something wrong. Huck learns from his Pap to let the Duke and Dauphin have their way, so when the Duke and Dauphin plan to steal Peter Wilk’s money; Huck does not object, but complies with helping them. “If I never learnt nothing else out of Pap, I learnt that the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way” (Twain 125). Huck complies by not stopping the Duke and Dauphin from pretending to be Peter Wilk’s brothers, Joanna, Mary Jane, and Susanne’s uncles, and allowing them to take the money Peter gave to his brothers in his will. Huck changes his mind when Joanna and Mary Jane treat Huck with kindness to make him feel better from Joanna’s interrogation. Joanna and Mary Jane’s actions make Huck feel remorse that the Duke and Dauphin are robbing the girls’ money. Huck then wants to give the money back to the girls. “And when she got through they all jest laid theirselves out to make me feel at home and know I was amongst friends. I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself, my mind’s made up: I’ll hive that money for them or bust” (Twain 175). Huck’s action represents how a person can transform their thoughts from a human interaction and experience remorse leading them to redeem themselves. Morality is another trait humans poses, the ability to decipher right from wrong.
Morality is the moral compass that every human possesses, but it is the human’s choice to ignore it or follow it. Huck grows as the story...