Huck Finn Morality

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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 …show more content…

Now Huck recognizes that Jim is more than just property and understands that Jim is a friend to him. One of the first times that Huck recognize Jim as a human being is when Huck actually apologizes to Jim in chapter 15. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterward, neither. I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d ‘a’ knowed it would make him feel that way (86).” No person in society would have ever have apologize to a slave but Huck understood the humanity, of Jim, after Jim’s definition of what is “trash.” This also shows how Huck was maturing and how he is accepting the innate value of human beings. After this incident, Huck couldn’t even stand that wicked people had something mean done to them. Whenever Huck follows his own sense on righteousness, and not those of society, his thoughts are more moral. Just the decision to help a slave escape is going against all rules of society. Huck’s sound mind helped him go against societys rules and let him think by himself. It’s just like the poem by Stephen Crane that says, “’Think as I Think,” said a man, “Or you are abominably wicked; You are a toad.” And after I had thought of it, I said, “I will,