Huckleberry Finn Moral Development Essay

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Huck’s Religious Development The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn talks about religious conflicts and religious development. Huck is a great example of moral development concerning religion. Throughout the novel Huck is encountered with conflict revolving around religion and religious choices. At the beginning of the story it is seen that Huck was not raised in a religious home, when the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson take him in they constantly teach him about the Bible. Huck questions many things in the Bible and continuously wonders why he should be concerned with people that are long gone. Huck was not brought up in a religious family that went to church every Sunday and studied the Bible. His father Pap does not like those that “have religion” and tells him “First you know you'll get religion, too. I never see such a son.” The Widow Douglas and…show more content…
Huck has his moments of conflict when he has to choose between right and wrong. Huck is confused, because the right choice doesn’t always feel like he’s made the best decision and the wrong decision causes him to feel guilty. Huck tries to remember what Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas taught him about looking to God for the right decision. His biggest self-conflict regarding Jim is when they come across the men on the rafts looking for runaway slaves. Huck could have easily told the men that he had Jim out on a raft a few feet away, but he couldn’t bare the guilt of turning Jim in after he told him “I's a free man, en I couldn't ever ben free ef it hadn' ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won't ever forgit you, Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had.” After having heard this from Jim, Huck knew he couldn’t betray Jim and let him think that everybody is going to lie and leave him. It hit Huck hard when Jim said that he is the only friend Jim has ever had and how grateful he is for

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