• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : His Moral Character

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : His Moral Character Despite the moral dilemmas that Huckleberry Finn faces, he is able to unfold his moral character through out the book. Consciously he feels that what he is doing is wrong, but still does it, which turns out to be the right thing to do. He not only lies and steals for his own survival, inquiry and benefit but for the benefit of others. Huck is a very caring person and through out his journey he had the need to help those around him. For instance, he starts writing Miss Watson a letter, telling her where her slave, Jim, is. At first he feels refreshed and content with himself after he writes it, but later he tears the letter up. "I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever felt so in my life, and I knowed I could pray, now. But I didn't do it straight off but laid the paper down and set there thinking; thinking how good it was all this happened so, and how near I come to being lost and going to hell. And went on thinking. And got to thinking... 'All right, then, I'll go to hell-' and tore it up." ...read more.

Middle

The only reason that Huck deals with these two men are because he doesn't want to deal with the consequences of crossing their path, so Huck and Jim play along with them, treating them as royalty. He also wants to help them for a certain extent of time and they are also entertainment for them on their journey. "If I never learnt nothing else out of pap, I learnt that the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way." He helps these two men by letting them use the raft to get away from the townspeople and to have a place to rest. They take over Huck's bed and use him for multiple purposes, such as having him pretend to be Adolphus the servant, while they pretended to be the brother of Mr. Peter Wilkes to con money from the family. Even when Huck is helping the King and Duke in their scam to steal the money from Peter Wilkes' family, he feels horrible at what he is doing. So after the King and Duke hide the money, Huck takes it and hides it from them. ...read more.

Conclusion

However in the morning Huck manages to find Jim and the raft and tells Jim that it was all a dream. This confuses Jim and he gets upset at Huck, so Huck apologizes to Jim. This shows how Huck has a heart and feels bad whenever he does something wrong to Jim. However, being a moral character, despite the lying and stealing is not necessarily a good thing at all times. Huck feels bad for the King and the Duke. He feels compassion for them even though they are conning people of their money as they move from city to city. He sees them perform one con-artist show after another, stealing from one person to another and yet he feels compassion for these two men. While being a moral character, he had to sacrifice his safety many times to achieve this for others, but that was the kind of person that Huck was. Even though Jim does help Huck through the journey, it is more of Huck helping Jim, and Huck helping the King and the Duke. Despite all of the morally unacceptable behavior that Huck had witnessed, he was able to overcome this by staying true to himself. Although this book didn't do much for the American image, there still remained one boy who's heart seemed to be in the right place, his name was Huckleberry Finn. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Mark Twain section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Mark Twain essays

  1. Many critics have made attempts to discredit "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by pointing ...

    ever heard-and I'm bound to say Tom Sawyer fell considerable in my estimation. Only I couldn't believe it. Tom Sawyer a nigger-stealer"(226.) In Chapter XXXIV, this theme is developed further. Reassured that Tom will become a "nigger-stealer," Huck innocently sets up what could be termed the irony of anticipation; for

  2. Critical Analysis of Huckleberry Fin

    In this scene, a male child narcissistically construes the sex of the mother according to the presence, or threatening absence, of a phallus, the traces of whose removal are evident in her "scar."[3] Read in terms of the primal scene, the attempt to penetrate the space of the cave bespeaks a desire to return to the womb.

  1. The runaway slave named Jim teaches an ignorant and innocent white boy named Huck ...

    I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd 'a' knowed it would make him feel that way." Huck feeling scared that he lost Jim. Page 115 "The raft was gone! My souls, but I was scared!

  2. Huck finn hero or villian?

    to the king and the duke's wondering if Jim is a runaway slave (AHF 138). However, according to R. J. Fertel, a Twain scholar, Huck's quick-witted answer "gets [Jim and Huck] out of the frying pan and into the fire: the duke responds by printing the slave bills that enable

  1. The use of Satire in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Yet the significance of King Solomon's test in order to determine who was the mother of the child was lost on his uneducated mind. Similarly when Miss Watson tells Huck about hell he said "I wished I was there" (50), Huck was never taught to grasp the concept of heaven

  2. Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

    Huck and Jim meet up on a little place called Jackson Island. Each of them was so happy to see each other, but Jim thought he had seen a ghost. Shortly after meeting up with Jim Huck goes to the main land to see if people are still looking for

  1. Development of Jim in Huckleberry Finn

    EXPLORING Novels. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Discover Collection. Web. 24 Apr. 2012. The article talks about how Jim is second only to Huck in this novel. However, when we meet Jim at the beginning of the book, Jim is portrayed as a dumb negro.

  2. Literary analysis of "Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

    never consider of keeping a human being chained to such inhumane treatment or practicing slavery as acceptable. Other than Huck, the Dauphin and Duke, two con artists, are shown to provide the final demoralizing generalization as they question who stole their money, during the WIlk incident.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work