Jeremy Abrams. Mr. Rau. English Iii. D Block. 02/24/17.
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How Huck Left his Childhood Behind: A Coming of Age Narrative
In society what is morally just and unjust have very different meanings and will take a child on different paths in the journey of life. The journey goes from moving away from society 's prejudices to seeking the truth. Both actions have to be explored in order to grow as an individual. If chances are not taken in life, then maybe being morally unjust would not be challenging, or confusing, but for Huck Finn this is not the case. Although Huck is only thirteen years old, he has to challenge himself between the idea of being like anybody else or following his own beliefs. Throughout the novel, The Adventures of…show more content… I ain’t agoing to tell, and I ain’t agoing back there anyways” (Twain 52). He was making a point that he is not going to bow out to society. Huck does not call out Jim because he believes that the majority of Jim’s life has been wasted due to inhumane treatment. Twain is also displaying how, without moving away from society 's norms, Huck would have never been strong enough to free Jim. When Huck saw a mob of townspeople tarring and feathering the Duke and the King Huck felt bad and gushed, "Well, it made me sick to see it; and I was sorry for them poor pitiful rascals, it seemed like I couldn 't ever feel any hardness against them any more in the world. It was a dreadful thing to see. Human beings can be awful cruel to one another”(193). Huck’s coming of age in a moral sense occurs because of how he is empathizing with people who have been treated harshly. Coming of age can be a difficult time, especially while having to deal with being swindled. Twain 's purpose of doing this is to show how during the coming of age you will be forced to make quick, often life changing, decisions in order to keep moving along in life. Huck knows the King and Duke mean no good going town to town looking for people who they can manipulate for money when he rambles, “These liars warn 't no kings nor dukes, at all, but just low-down