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.
At first Huck sees no problem with helping Jim, and is only glad that he now has some company.
He eventually decides he will help Jim at all cost, even if it means living a life of wickedness.
“All right, then, I’ll go to hell,” he says, and from then on Huck never questions helping Jim again.
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?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.Forced to reconcile his personal feelings of friendship for an escaped slave (Jim) with what society has told him is “right,” Huck learns through the course of the story to trust his moral instincts.As the story progresses, we see Huck’s character develop strong morals that eventually lead to his reconciliation.Huck knew that any “sivilized” person would believe that helping Jim run away was wrong, but he still helped Jim because deep down inside, he knew that it was the right and moral thing to do.From the beginning of the story to the end, Huckleberry Finn’s morals change rather dramatically and the novel focuses largely on this. 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.Huck knows he is defying society by not turning Jim in, but he continues to stay by Jim’s side and feels he can’t betray him as their friendship grows.This is an internal moral struggle for Huck, because he knows to society he is “wrong,” but to him their friendship made it “right.