The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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Huckleberry Finn Moral Development The adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is narrated by Huck, the thirteen year old son of a malicious drunk, who is struggling to adjust to life with his new guardians. In the beginning of the novel Huck naively accepts Widow Douglas, Miss Watsons and society’s religious and racial convictions as truth. Although Hucks appears to be misguided and immature the reader will soon realize the dilemmas he faces on his journey enable him to develop morally and relay on his own logic. It doesn’t take long for Huck to realize he wasn’t cut out to be civilized. The expectations placed on him by the Widow Douglas and Mrs. Watsons to dress nicely, attend school and behave properly leave Huck frustrated and longing for freedom. The Widow will not allow Huck to smoke because “she said it was a mean practice and wasn’t clean,” Huck comments “and she took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself” (Twain, 156). Mrs. Watson in particular constantly scolds Huck for slouching, fidgeting, and cursing during her religious lessons which he spurns once he learns she is living right so that she will go to heaven. Huck decides he isn’t going to Heaven because he “couldn’t see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn’t try for it” (Twain, 157). The Widow and Mrs. Watson’s critical views lead Huck to make his first moral decision, he’ll go to Hell since it seems a lot of hypocritical, judgmental
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