The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By William Twain

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn show much growth in Huck’s state of mind and, consequently, conveys themes of human equality that were scarce in Twain’s time of the 1800’s. These ideas of racial equality and social criticism were heavily enforced in the novel via Huck’s growth as a person. These changes really get put into stone when Huck decides to refuse to turn in Jim by destroying the letter to Ms.Watson. Throughout Twain’s novel, Huck undergoes a drastic amount of maturing, but this moment is a significant turning point in Huck’s moral understanding of his world as he doubts the way he has been shown the world. When he decides to tear up the letter to turn Jim in, who is a slave, he experiences an internal conflict until he…show more content…
In fact, he thought this man saving and reclaiming his family was wrong, but as he spent more time with Jim on the raft and bonds, he believes that Jim isn’t just a “nigger,” but a friend and human on a noble deed. Because of this friendship he has had with this black man, he risks eternal damnation to save him so that he can get back his family that belongs to a slave owner. It’s here that Huck’s old ideals that he was taught by the Widow and Pap begin to develop and morph into his own way of interpretation of the structure of man. During his crisis, one part of him thought that he should turn him in because he is stolen property, but there was a part of him that also said Jim has done nothing wrong and doesn’t deserve the cruelty awaiting him. He acknowledges that what he has been told is wrong and decides to act upon his own judgment, which is then expanded upon in throughout the novel after this moment. This one seemingly small action, actually plays a grand role in the novel’s plot and overall message. The act of tearing up the note is one of the most important pushes towards Huck’s own interpretation of the world around him. Here, he begins questioning what really is the right or wrong of the situation and chooses the “wrong” action, deemed by society, because
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