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What Huck Is All Along

I agree with Peaches Henry in his explanation of why Huck decided to undermine society's attitude toward blacks. If Huck had not developed such a close relationship with Jim, then Huck would not have chosen to "go to hell" for him. Huck's loyalty to Jim is similar to the loyalty he has for Tom; one that is developed over time; and one where Huck decides to let go of what he understands of to be moral for their sake. In Jim's case, Huck decides not to turn Jim in, although he knows that he should. In Tom's case, Huck follows Tom's plan blindly, though he knows it is foolish but remains satisfied with Tom's rejection of his logical ideas. Mr. Henry's reasoning of why Huck still holds the idea of slavery to be right, and only chooses to discard of it for Jim, is incomplete. In addition, I think Mr. Henry's quick dismissal of Huck's "crisis of consciene" is brought about abrutly and without further analysis of the story. Huck's disregard for how society treats blacks is actually another embodiment of his distaste toward civilized society as a whole. By rebeling against the accepted attitude toward blacks he is refusing assimilation. But the scene of Huck's "crisis of conscience" is one where he finds himself unable to simply dismiss society for the reason of being an outcastFrom the beginning of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck proclaims himself to be an outcast among society. Huck explains, with great detail, how the widow Douglas tries to "sivilize" him. But no matter what the widow does, all her actions only increase Huck's displeasure of society. "Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn't." Huck even explains that he leaves the widow and returns only because he had to in order to join Tom Sawyer's Gang.During Huck's journey down South with Jim, they come across two characters who are also outcasts among society. The two outcasts are the King Dauphin and the Duke of Bilgewater. We ...

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