Huckleberry Finns Morals
In the novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain was about a boy named Huck that ran away from his father and a slave named Jim ran away from is owner and they met each other and started off an adventure hiding from then people of their little town. The novel was banned from public libraries because of if it’s cruel language and some of the events that take place. Mark Twain demonstrates throughout the book that people’s morals and attitudes take a huge part in the 1830’s
In the 1830’s people let their superstitions get to them and they believed in old tales and stories they shouldn’t have. For example Huck says “Jim put the quarter under the hair-ball, and got down and listened again. This time he said the hair ball was all right, he said “It would tell my whole fortune if I wanted it to.” I says go on, so the hair-ball talked to Jim and Jim told it to me.”(Twain 17-18) This shows how people would believe anything just by letting it get to them and getting into their heads.. It also shows that people are gullible by believing everything. This all tied into the theme the follys of people’s superstitions.
The gullibility of people is another theme demonstrated in the novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. In chapter 19 Hick says “Well, he cried and took on so that me and Jim didn’t know hardly what to do. We was so sorry-and so glad and proud we’d got him with us too”(Twain 124). People in the 1830’s believed some of the oddest things you would never have thought that they would have.
During the middle of the book there is a huge conflict between Hick and Hucks dad Pap. Pap is a major drunk and gets very abusive towards Huck. This demonstrates the theme man’s inhumanity to man because if the neglect towards Huck. Pap calls Huck the “Angel of Death” while he is in one of his drunken rages which causes Huck wanting to run away. At that point Huck stages his own death and runs away from his father and all of the town’s people where he lived.
Another example of man’s inhumanity to man is the situation with the Grangerfords and the Shepardsons. Huck says “There ain’t no coward amongst them Shepardsons-not a one. And there ain’t no cowards amongst the Grangerfords and come out a winner, why that old man kep’ up his end in a fight one day for half an hour against three Grangerfords and come out a winner…”(Twain 109). Man’s inhumanity to man was a huge thing back in the 1830’s people were treated poorly no matter what, people fought battles that they had no idea about because that’s what they were taught to do because of the previous generations.
The most important of the four themes is Huck as a moral character. The main reason Huckleberry Finn should no longer be banned from public libraries because it shows the struggles some people went through especially Huck during this important situation.
It was a close place, I took it up and held it in my hand. I was trembling, becauseI’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, two things and I’d knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath and then I says to myself , “All right, then ill go to hell.”- and I tore it up. (Twain 214) At this point this is showing how children had a huge issue at a young age deciding whether or not to hate blacks. This demonstrates the situation Huck always went to and everyone went through in the 1830’s.
In conclusion The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn should not be banned from public libraries because Twain demonstrates a lot of significant parts how people acted towards other and how they treated one another. It also demonstrates how people n the 1830’s had many conflicts with in themselves. Huckleberry Finn has proved how the morals of people have changed dramatically since the 1830’s in a remarkable way.