Morality In Huckleberry Finn

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Morality is an essential human characteristic that contributes greatly to all societies. Because morality is what allows people to make the right or wrong decisions in life, an ideal society consists of members with high moral values to guide them to make altruistic decisions, making their society healthy, safe, and edifying. When good social and religious belief systems are or become corrupt, communities suffer greatly and often have to sacrifice innocent members of their society. Religious beliefs are meant to edify individuals and communities; however, a corrupt belief system is detrimental. In the novel The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the hypocritical Christians in Huck’s town exemplify people with corrupted religious beliefs.…show more content…
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald also depicts a society doomed for its corrupt belief systems. When Daisy leaves Gatsby for Tom, who is from a wealthy family with elite education, Gatsby obtains a false belief that wealth and pedigree are the most important aspects of life. In trying to meet the social standard of a desired man, which is the same as what Daisy desires, Gatsby goes as far as committing illegal activities to climb the social ladder. Relying only on his belief, Gatsby achieves his dream and becomes wealthy; however, he never achieves his goal. Instead of engaging with Daisy, he is rejected and murdered by Myrtle’s husband. Gatsby’s belief brought an end to his own life. People who have big interest in Gatsby and his money all become his enemies, like Tom who tries to ruin his life and get back his wife. Their jealousy and curiosity, led by the process of achieving Gatsby’s belief, sacrifice Gatsby and his innocence for wealth. Similarly, Daisy also has the same belief as Gatsby’s, which sacrifices Gatsby and herself. Although she knows she will have happier and joyful life if she marries Gatsby, she refuses because she believes reputation and social class are more important than all other things. She says “I love you now- isn’t that enough? … I did love him once- but I love you too” (132). She admits the fact that she loves Gatsby, but eventually decides to stay
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