Freedom vs. Morality in Huckleberry Finn

Essay by JordanDavisJunior High, 9th grade May 2004

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Freedom VS Morality

Freedom and morality are represented in the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" as key concepts to how they relate to the story, society and me.

Freedom is presented in the book as being a major role. This role comes in when how Huck Finn does whatever he wants freely without anything getting in his way and without listening to other people's worries and disregards they might have. Huck doesn't exactly follow the rules but basically does whatever he pleases, just like any other free boy would. For example when Huck escapes from his father, he didn't really care what the consequences might be if he had to return someday. And when Huck found Jim and decided he was going to help free Jim, Huck made his decision based upon his freedom and the freedom that he wanted Jim to have. But he did have to think twice about it.

He thought people would call him the abolishiner and thought that maybe the right thing to do was to turn Jim in to his rightful owner Miss Watson. But he made the decision that would make Jim free and make Huck happy.

Morality comes in as kind of the consequences of his freedom, and the lessons he learns from his actions that he has acted freely upon. An example of morality in the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is when Huck and Jim come along the Duke and the King and feel sorry for them. So they decided to be their servants even though they know that they are liars. But Huck learns his lesson when he gets too caught up with their schemes and lies when the King and the Duke sell Jim to some person they don't even know. Jim really meant a...