Morality In The Novel, By Mark Twain And Huckleberry Finn

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Family before Everything In modern world today, society is defined by law. The law determines everything, no ifs, ands or buts. Law is absolute and those who violate it and are caught shall be punished. What the law does not recognize is why the person is breaking that law. In some cases, the people are defending themselves or something they care for, such as their family. Thomas Jefferson once said, "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." This is where morality starts to conflict with the law. Morality is the distinction between right or wrong. That distinction varies from person to person. When it comes time to stand up for family or people that mean the world to you, going against the law is…show more content…
Steinbeck and Twain both had reason for making their main characters "troublemakers" and had the readers rooting for them during their journeys as well. Mark Twain and John Steinbeck believed in losing all they had if it came down to helping significant people in your life. Both authors considered that morality was more important than the law. Some laws to them were foolish if there was a reason for breaking them in the first place. Knowing the laws were so strict meant there was no purpose to breaking them. Huckleberry Finn protected Jim from the people that were on the hunt for him. Since racism was in full effect during the novel, they wanted Jim taken in just to be killed. Huck and Jim traveled down the Mississippi River together, Jim stayed low and Huck controlled where they were going. "Goodness gracious, is dat you, Huck? En you ain ' dead--you ain 't drownded--you 's back ag 'in? It 's too good for true, honey, it 's too good for true. Lemme look at you chile, lemme feel o ' you. No, you ain ' dead! you 's back agin, 'live en soun ', jis de same ole Huck--de same ole Huck, thanks to goodness" (Twain…show more content…
There 's just stuff people do. It 's all part of the same thing" (Steinbeck 30). This quote basically described Tom and all he went through even though he got penalized for a handful of his decisions. Tom being released from jail meant he was put on parole, he could not leave Oklahoma. When he found out his family needed to leave due to no work, he joined them knowing they would need his help. His morals were correct although he was putting his freedom in jeopardy. Tom also risked being put back in jail when he stood up for Jim Casy. Jim was protesting and a man crushed his skull with a shovel. Witnessing his friend being killed, Tom immediately kills the man with a pick

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