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How Does Huck Finn Develop A Sense Of Morality

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Developing a Sense of Morality In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck Finn experiences many tough decisions and meets a variety of people. Huck meets those whom he can trust and those he cannot. Growing, Huck starts to find who he is meant to be and his stance on topics during his time. Throughout his journey down the Mississippi, Huck encounters crooks, caregivers, and racists who positively influence his moral growth. While Mark Twain depicts Huck growing in many ways, those who are Selfish increase his moral growth. Widow Douglas uses Huck in selfish ways to please herself. While Widow Douglas believes she is helping Huck grow into a well civilized young man, she is only doing it for herself. Huck does not want…show more content…
Miss Watson, Pap, and the Townspeople demonstrate racism through how they treat Jim. Throughout the novel we do not learn much about Miss Watson, besides that she owns a slave named Jim and lives with Widow Douglas. She believes in the idea of black people being sold to white folk. One of the major characteristics we see Miss Watson gain from racism is selfishness. At one point, we see her becoming greedy when she starts to think about gaining money from selling Jim. While her views and actions seem horrible, they only get worse with other characters. Pap is one of the biggest racist in this novel. While drunk, Pap expresses his feelings about the government and his stance on African Americans. “‘Oh, yes, this is a wonderful govment, wonderful. Why, looky here. There was a free nigger there from Ohio. . . They said he was a p’fessor in a college, and could talk all kinds of languages, and knowed everything. And that ain’t the wust. They said he could vote when he was at home. . . . [B]ut when they told me there was a state in this county where they’d let that nigger vote, i drawed out. I says I’ll never vote ag’in’” (24). Pap’s true feelings about African Americans come through this quote, which allows the reader to understand another aspect of Pap. The last people who portray racism is the townspeople. After Huck is “murder” and Jim runs away, the townspeople allegedly think that Jim is the
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