The Development of the Theme Individual vs. Society in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

Essay by bizzo88High School, 12th gradeB+, March 2006

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The theme of individual vs. society is about a person (an individual) who has different ideas and opinions from a large group of people which we called the 'society'. These people usually judge an individual from their behavior and ideology and if the individual does not conform themselves to fit in with others, they will not be accepted as part of the community. What the majority said is not always right, it maybe right in the point of view in most people. The conflict between the individual and society is a consistent theme throughout "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Huckleberry Finn was a boy who lived most of his life without his real parents, so he had to make most of the decisions using his own natural instincts which some of the decisions had more moral than people who tried to fit in with others. In "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", Mark Twain developed the theme of individual versus reality by creating situations where Huck had to face different characters that represent different aspects of the society such as civilization, unfairness of laws, slavery, and racism.

From the very beginning of the novel, Huck made it clear that he will not become civilized which means to be accepted as part of the society.

"The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me... and so when I couldn't stand it no longer I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again, and was free and satisfied." (Twain, p 1)

Widow Douglas and Miss Watson tried to make Huck become their stereotypical good boy by forcing him to go to school, wear nice clothes and pray before his meals. Wearing nice clothes and going to school doesn't...