The Influence of Society in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn Essay Society controls an individual of what they want them to think or do. Society shapes and individual of their ideas and morals leading to conflict of what one wants to do but also what society wants him to do. But when one becomes separated from society, they’re able to think for themselves more but are still conflicted by society. Eventually the individual will be able to make their own decisions without having to think about what society want them to do. This is what happens in The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, the main character Huck is conflicted in multiple situations of what he believes is right and what society believes is right. In Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck’s alienation from society illuminates Twain’s central message that being away from society can lead to an individual becoming more independent, following his own ideals and morals. In the beginning of the novel the readers see Huck being influenced by people around him in St. Petersburg, shaping him with society’s ideas and morals. Huck is influenced by many people in his life especially by the people who take care of him and are his friends. Huck is ‘sivilized’ by Widow Douglas and Miss Watson who represent the middle to upper class white Christian society back in the days, they try to teach him their own morals and ideas but ultimately their ideas and morals are corrupted by society as well. An example of this would be when Miss Watson
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