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huck finn #2 - 1 When narrating Over the course of the...

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1. When narrating: Over the course of the novel he goes from arguing with individuals and resisting opinions to accepting their opinions, while having his own and separating himself from the people with those opinions. Huck is brash, bold, even though he is low class and because he doesn’t have money, this attitude of being outspoken and defensive is a defense mechanism and in order to not conform to the people that have more than him, he separates himself and is comfortable and maybe even proud of where he comes from and the class he is in. When he is speaking to the reader, he is opinionated and not held down by society so he speaks his mind. The reader is more of a friend to Huck and speaks directly to the reader in everyday language. At the end of the book, he says “yours truly, Huck Finn” (262, ch. 43) showing that Huck affectionately addresses the reader and does not intend to be abrasive but honest with his opinions, as a person is with their friends. Huck is explaining what he and Jim are doing on the raft and stops in the middle of his explanation to explain to the reader that a “tow-head is a sand-bar that has cotton-woods on it as thick as harrow-teeth” (59, ch. 12). Huck is conscious of the reader and wants to help the reader along in his story. He uses colloquialisms like “harrow-teeth” showing that the reader is meant to be a friend of Huck’s, since most people would not normally know what harrow-teeth are. See #6 “you see” Huck does not usually use literary devices but when he is describing Col. Grangerford, he uses a metaphor, showing that he is developing his way of communicating throughout the novel. Huck says he is “sunshine most days—I mean he made it seem like good weather. When he turned into a cloudbank it was awful dark for a half a minute and that was enough” (97, ch. 18) Huck’s complete transformation comes when the King and Duke sell Jim for forty dollars. Huck reasons that as long as Jim has to be a slave, it should be for Miss Watson because he legally belongs to her. He says he was trying to do the “right thing and the clean thing, and go and write to that nigger’s owner and tell where he was; but deep down in me I knowed it was a lie” (192, ch. 31). He tries to objectify Jim by calling him “that nigger” in order to make Jim seem more distant from Huck, but he knows he cannot bring himself to conform. Society is telling him what to do (turn Jim in) and although Huck would most likely be rewarded or at least washed clean from the situation, Huck cannot morally allow himself hurt Jim that way, even at the expense of his own well being. Huck considers his actions sinful because he thinks he is keeping Miss Watson’s property (Jim) from her. At this time, due to society’s view on slavery, Huck thinks he is going against God and decides he would rather go to hell than turn Jim in. This is clearly the turning point in Huck’s life and his morality is solidified in his decision to completely reject society and God’s rules.
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Huck’s morality is further revealed when he sees the King and Duke tarred and feathered.
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