In the end, he decides to do what he knows is the right thing to do, even though society at the time would disagree.Shortly after Huck fakes his death and runs away he meets Jim, a slave who has run away from his owner Miss Watson.
Most of them were good, but in Huck’s time, civilized society believed there was nothing wrong with slavery.
Was slavery moral back then, even though it is considered immoral today?
Below is the first of the student essays: Where do moral values come from?
Which of these potential sources does Twain privilege over the others? Bonnie submitted several essays on behalf of her students to the Renaissance Review for everyone to enjoy reading their thoughtful responses to this intriguing question on a classic tale.
He feels guilty for helping Jim escape, and “knows” what he did was wrong.
Many times he almost decides to turn Jim in, but each time he realizes he cares about his friend Jim, and decides to keep helping him.Huck seems to know the rightful place of a slave, especially growing up in the American South.But this changes, in time, when he meets a runaway slave named Jim on Jackson Island.At first Huck sees no problem with helping Jim, and is only glad that he now has some company.As Huck goes on his adventure with Jim though, he has numerous internal debates regarding whether he should help Jim to escape or not.As the story progresses, Huck begins to see Jim, not just as a slave, but as a person, and as his friend.Before Huck ran away, he learned many of society’s morals from his “sivilized” lifestyle.Early in the book, Huck is shown to have a low level of maturity and is very naive.He relies more on the opinions of others more so than his own.At the risk of banishment, your assignment is to write an essay responding to the following prompt: Discuss the place of morality in Huckleberry Finn. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck is faced with many moral dilemmas, one of which is whether he should help a slave Jim escape, or turn him in and return him to his rightful owner.In the world of the novel, where do moral values come from? Throughout the book Huck debates whether helping Jim is right or wrong, and which path he should choose.