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Morality and Mark Twain

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Mark Twain states that “Morals are an acquirement, like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis, no man is born with them.” The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn focuses on the main character, Huckleberry Finn, and his journey down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave name Jim. Huck Finn grows up in a society that deforms and manipulates his conscience, but Jim is able to awakes his sound heart and influence his morality. Throughout the tale, Huck faces conflicts that attack on his moral standards and the consequence of the decisions he makes is the change in his character.
Keeping silence and aiding Jim to the road of freedom fuel Huck’s guilt, and he debates whether or not to report Jim as a runaway. The guilt becomes overwhelming to Huck and “I got to feeling so mean and so miserable I most wished I was dead” (88). He views Jim as a slave and as someone’s property rather than a real human being, because of the way he was raise in the South. Society is able to drown Huck with cruel principle and distort his conscience to make him believe that slavery is justified. But Huck soon realizes that he can’t give Jim up and asks himself “s’pose you’d ‘a’ done right and give Jim up, would you felt better than what you do now?” (91) Gradually, he begins to see Jim as a friend and a companion. He shuts off the voice in his head telling him that freeing a human from being enslaved is wrong. It begins the question of morality and if what he was raise to
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