Huckleberry Finn book report

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Will Mullin
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
Huck’s Internal Battle

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Samuel L. Clemens, who is also

known by his pen name Mark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was Twain’s first book

relating to adventure stories for boys. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn stars Tom Sawyers

comrade, Huck. Huck is rough around the edges but a real good kid and softy at heart. Huck had

good morals despite all his lies and sometimes cruel jokes and tries to do the right thing.

Throughout the story Huckleberry Finn has an internal battle with racism and whether his morals

or those imposed upon him by society are the right to follow. Huck is a victim of his time and


Huck is a rebel always defying and opposing authority throughout the book and his

constant need to break his restrictions and be truly free would be preferable. “She put me in new

clothes again, and I couldn’t do nothing… and feel all cramped up (12). Clothing are used to try

and civilize Huck but this makes him feel restricted and he would rather not conform to what

society believes correct. “I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally

she is going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it” (283). Huck feels that in order to

flee society he must move out west alone. “I been there before”(283). Huck’s quest to escape

civilizations grasp is an one going one. What is interesting is that he despises society yet society

admires him and he is the ideal “lone ranger”.

In this point in time black’s were not viewed as equals by the whites and were some times

they were convinced that they were truely of a lower class which could explain Jim putting up

with Tom’s ridiculous plans for so long. “There’s ben a dozen a-helpin’ that nigger, ‘n’ I lay I’d

skin every last nigger on this place but I’d find out who done it, s’I; ‘n’ moreover, s’I....

A dozen says you!- forty couldn’t ‘a’ done every...

... middle of paper ... uneducated. Society prevents Huck from

being the man he wants and Jim from everything that could make him a human being rather than

a piece of property.

Societies pressured views and opinions towards slavery is a heavy burden on Huck. It

demands him to make a mature decision that most adults would find hard to face between his

own morals or those of society. Huck often thinks to himself of how he views or treats slaves and

it has been back and forth.“I knowed he was white inside”(267). “It made me feel so

mean I could have almost kissed his foot”(90). As undecided Huck’s thoughts are his actions

show his morals are stronger than societies. Huck was pressured most by the Law of the Land

stating that all run away slaves must be turned in. His dilemma was to decide wether to follow or

he defy this legal restriction and go through with helping Jim. Huck often puzzled over this and

at one point started writing a letter which he ripped up because he had come to his senses and

was going to help Jim as friend and not turn him in for the color of his skin. Even after this Huck

still had the grief and
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