Huck Finn Vs. 19th Cevtury Eth


Ninetieth Century Morals vs. Huck’s Conscience
Sometimes making a stand for what is right, especially when it is
totally against the customary beliefs of society, can never be an easy
accomplishment.
In the novel, The Adventures Huckleberry Finn by, Mark Twain, the
main character Huck, encounters many situations involving a question of
morality. Considering the traditional protocol of his society, Huck must
choose between his conscience or public ethics. In many cases Huck goes
with his conscience, which always proves to be proper selection. Ironically,
what Huck believes in, unapproved of in the ninetieth century, is the basis of
accepted beliefs in our modern world. Huck lives with ...

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and proper choices, Huck is pounded by his society’s teachings the
Black men are property. When Huck first escapes from Pap and sets up
camp on Jackson Island, he finds Jim has also found refuge there from the
widow and Mrs. Watson. Huck is stunned at first when Jim tells him he
escaped, because Huck knows that Mrs. Watson owns Jim, which makes him
her rightful property. “People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and
despise me for keeping mum,”(Twain 43) Huck knows that if he helped Jim
that would make him an abolitionist, which could not be accepted role in the
ninetieth century. Huck decides that he would help Jim escape, as he would
never return to the town so it wouldn’t matter if he took Jim with him. After
a long raft-ride, Huck and Jim are finally about to reach Cairo, which on their
arrival would make Jim free. With the smell of freedom, Jim rambles on
about how he would buy his wife and then steal his children. This sets off a
spark in Huck, igniting his ...

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of his actions, and wanting to confess his sins
because he new Providence was watching him the whole time. Huck, after
writing the letter to Miss Watson, suddenly realizes how good Jim had treated
him this whole time, rips up the letter. He makes a final to choice to rescue
Jim. In this last bout with his conscience, Huck finds out after a long and
tedious period of pointless toil, that Miss Watson had died and freed Jim,
thus making his attempt to save Jim unnecessary, as he was already free.

The next confusion between Huck’s conscience and Ninetieth century
society came when Huck found himself at the Grangerford’s household,
amidst a long-going feud between them and a rival ...

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