Moral Development Of Huckleberry Finn

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America is slowly changing over the years. It evolved from having slaves to having freedom and morals. According to Ernest Hemingway, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark twain called Huckleberry Finn.” This is because Huck Finn speaks to many people as it revolves around the concept of freedom and moral development which is the idea that America was founded on. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is more than being a story about a child and his adventure down the Mississippi river. It is a metaphor representation of the developing America. This is seen in Huck’s rebellious attitude, his change of attitude towards slavery, and his relationship with other people. Huck Finn’s rebellious attitude is not the rebellious phase that most children go through, but it represents how America rebelled against what was wrong at the time to achieve freedom. Huck feels that doing what society wants and thinks is right limits his freedom. He does not find the use in “Learning to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right, and [is] no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same” (157-158) After Huck runs away with Jim on the raft, he finally feels that he has become free because being on the raft allows him to be completely isolated from society which means that he does not have to follow the rules or laws that society has put in place. Huck is so happy on the raft that he tells Jim that “Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft [does not]. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” (200) America has done the same as Huck by rebelling to achieve freedom. This was done through the American Civil War and resulted in the freedom of 4 million Black slaves. (Socialist Worker) It can ther... ... middle of paper ... ...iding food, shelter, and military training. It can therefore be said that Huck’s decision to help others in need is a representation of how America continues to help those in need. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a symbol of the changing America. This is seen in Huck’s rebellious attitude where he decides to do what he thinks is right as appose to what society thinks is right, his change of attitude towards slavery where he , and his relationship with other people. It can be said that historical fiction novels tend to reflect the events and situations of the time it’s written in. In the case of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it reflects how white people are considered superior to black people, and how each white person in society is only concerned for themselves, as it is expected since moral values can’t exist in a society which approves of slavery.
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