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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : His Moral Character

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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.


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.


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.

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