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Theme Of Morality In Huckleberry Finn

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The one quality that makes up the entire persona of a person is morality. The place of morality in, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, play a monumental role in the development of the four main characters. Jim, the Duke, the King, and Huck all have a different sense of morality. Likewise, their moral values come from completely different places. Many would think that in the course of the novel, one of the main characters would draw their morals from the most common source, religion. However, that is the one value that Twain mocks, and he shows his mocking through Huck and each of his decisions.
Jim has a very strong sense of morality that is a product of his personal experiences. For the majority of the book, Jim spends his
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Huck’s sense of morality is emphasized by the people around him. When the novel begins, Huck is shown as a follower. He follows everything Tom Sawyer tells him to do, even if it involves killing people. During a meeting between friends, Tom proposes, “We would all go home and meet next week and rob somebody and kill some people,” (Twain 10). He is willing to do anything for the sake of the adventure with his friend. However, as the story goes on, and he has no one around him to make his decisions for him, he begins to learn his own values. He values the people around him and how they value others. Soon, he learns that race is only a color; it has nothing to do with the value of a person. Huck says, “I knowed he was white inside,” (Twain 276), and he knew at that moment that Jim was just as good as any other person. He no longer cared about the color of skin or how other people saw Jim. His morality grew to a place where he no longer cared what anyone else thought, and that is true independence. Through this realization, Twain also shows his mockery of religion. When Jim gets sold, Huck tries to pray for God to help him get Jim back, but it doesn’t work. Huck assumes it is because he has sinned, but he continues trying. When he gets tired of the idea, he declares, “All right, then, I’ll go to hell,” (Twain 214). Using this quote, Twain demonstrates the moral climax of the book. Huck decides he…show more content…
Some take a turn for the better, and some for the worse. Through their development, Twain places an emphasis on each of their sources of values, and even mocks religion through them. Morality is doing what is right, regardless of what everyone else is doing, and Huckleberry Finn shows exactly
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