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 breaks and lets his better judgment move his hands, like those of another person, which is significant because Huck truly begins challenging and questioning the norms of the “civilization” he has come to know here, where slavery is accepted, and exemplifies concepts of racial equality and free thought as he begins his quest to develop his own morals, separate from those of society. This milestone of refusing to give Jim back his “owner” shows that Huck is changing without necessarily acknowledging it. After quite a bit of an internal conflict, he finally succumbs to his conscience and says “All right, then, I’ll go to hell and tore it up.”(162) this change is far from Huck in our early chapters. Contrary to his state of mind here, when first
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