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Huck Finn's Moral Development

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Huck Finn's Moral Development
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“Poor Emmeline made poetry about all the dead people when she was alive, and it didn’t seem right that there warn’t nobody to make some about her, now she was gone: so I tried to sweat out a verse or two myself" (Twain 116).
Huck's moral development is shown here by his growth in caring about others. Before, Huck would probably not have thought twice about Emmeline, and would have never even considered feeling bad that nobody had written poetry for her. This just shows how Huck has grown to care about others more, and less about himself. Huck tries to think of something to show respect for Emmeline's death by trying to create a poem. This also displays how Huck has become more mature and respectful towards others, even though he doesn't know them.


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“Well, I says to myself at last, I’m going to chance it; I’ll up and tell the truth this time..”(Twain 200).

Huck’s moral development is portrayed in this quote because Huck is always lying and making up stories; However, Huck made the decision to tell the truth to Mary Jane, his crush, instead of making up a lye. Huck morally is becoming more mature by making this decision to tell the truth.


1. “I killed him, and curled him up on the foot of Jim’s blanket, ever so natural, thinking there’d be some fun when Jim found him there”(63).
This quote is said by Huck Finn before he places a dead snake beside Jim as he sleeps. Huck thought it would be a funny prank, however, another snake followed the dead snake and bit Jim. This shows Huck’s immaturity at the beginning of the book.

“I killed him, and curled him up on the foot of Jim’s blanket, ever so natural, thinking there’d be some fun when Jim found him there”(63).
This quote is said by Huck Finn before he places a dead snake beside Jim as he sleeps. Huck thought it would be a funny prank, however, another snake followed the dead snake and bit Jim. This shows Huck’s immaturity at the beginning of the book.



“ I learnt that the best way to get along with this kind of people is to let them have their own way” (Twain 137)

Huck’s moral development here is shown by his acceptance of people for who they are. He has realized that he cannot make people do things his way. He also realizes that sometimes it is easier to agree and let them think they are correct, knowing inside your own opinion’s validity.
“It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger-but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither”( Twain 98).

Huck played a trick on Jim by telling him that the time when they were lost in the fog was all a dream. Huck felt bad after wards because he realized how much Jim cared and worried about him, so he apologized to Jim. This shows Huck’s moral development because it shows Huck gaining respect for Jim and Huck taking realizing that the prank was a mistake.

“All right then, I’ll go to Hell,” (Twain 228)
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“All right then, I’ll go to Hell,” (Twain 228).
This quote is spoken by Huck toward the end of the novel. Huck is conflicted in his decision about whether to proceed with informing Ms. Watson that he knows where Jim is and doing a deed that society would be “proud of” and is morally correct. Huck, at this point in the book, realizes that Jim is a real person, and more than just a slave. By stating this quote, Huck is coming to terms with the fact that society would frown upon him helping Jim, but he does not care. Huck’s maturity level, understanding of discrimination, and morals have greatly improved up to this point in the novel by seeing that Jim is no different than anyone else.
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