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Moral Values In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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As George Washington once said “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” Huck Finn is was represented in this quote. Huck grows morally immensely throughout the book which ends in his happiness. The book The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is about the journey of a young runaway rebel who faked his own death named Huckleberry Finn and a runaway Slave named Jim. Although their backgrounds are very different the reason for both of the journey are very similar. Throughout the book Huck is helping Jim escape to freedom which puts him in a moral pickle. He cannot decide whether or not a turn Jim into the authorities. This journey changes Huck in many ways, and learns many moral lessons about racism and about what is the…show more content…
At first he believes that African Americans are below him and he can do what he wants with them. But over time these views begin to change he starts to believe Jim is just like him. After Jim and Huck loss each other, Huck plays a trick on Jim saying he drept the whole thing and that it never happened. Feeling horrible Huck says “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger-but I’d done it.” After playing this joke on Jim, Huck truly feels bad. This is the first time that it shows Huck truly feeling bad without Jim making him feel bad. This really shows Huck’s development has a person because he is now realizing the slaves are people not just property and he cannot just do what he wants to Jim. After Jim is sold Huck begins to realize his love for Jim. He says this “I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right then, I’ll go to hell”—and tore it up.” This is the most important quote in the book with Huck’s moral development. He finally realizes all the things he and Jim have done for each other. He decides that he loves Jim and he would do what is right for Jim even if it means he goes to hell because of it. Throughout the book Jim changes Huck Finn for the better. Morally he learns that slaves are people not just property and through time he realizes he loves Jim and wants to friends with him…show more content…
Soon after Huck realizes that they are faking it. Realizing this he says, “ I learnt that the best way to get along with this kind is to let them have their own way.” (Twain 137) The Duke and The Dauphin are very different people and Huck finds this out really quick. He realizes that they are not French royalty because they cannot even speak French. Even with this Huck lets them be and respects what they are doing. Huck knows that people are not always going to do things his way even if he wants them to do what he says. This shows huge growth with Huck because because at the beginning of the book while at the widow 's house does what he wants and never listens to what she tells him to do. Another example of this is when Mary Jane is about to leave for England. Huck feels bad about lying to her so he decides to tell the truth. Thinking to himself he says, “Well I says to myself at last, I’m going to chance it I’ll up and tell the truth this time.” Huck feels bad and decides to tell the truth to Mary Jane about The Duke and The King. He does this because he cares to Mary Jane and does not want to let her lose all the money because The Duke and The King steal it. This is great growth by Huck because at the beginning of the book he did not care about stealing or lying. He was apart of the band of robbers which stole thing from people all the time. It was big thing
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