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Agony and Edification in Huck Finns Conscience English poet William Blake once wrote Conscience in those that have it is unequivocal In Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the theme mans conflict with his conscience is manifested through Huck Finn While Huck is forced to confront the hypocrisies of society he develops his own individual views of right and wrong In his struggle with his morality his insights ultimately lead him to defy social norms by freeing a runaway slave Jim In the beginning of the novel Huck Finn is portrayed as a stubborn juvenile without principle however when he realizes the consequences of trifling with Jims emotions Hucks moral conscience becomes evident Huck fools Jim into believing that he dreamed being separated in the fog and losing the raft Amused by Jims credulity Huck quickly points to the broken oars indicating that the incident did take place This makes Jim feel extremely foolish and incompetent for falling for Hucks immature trick prompting him to react emotionally my heart wuz mos broke bekase you wuz los en I didn kyer no mo what become er me en de raf En when I wake up en find you back agin all safe en soun de tears come en I could a got down on my knees en kiss yo foot Is so thankful En all you wuz thinkin bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lie Dat dah is trash en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey frens en makes em ashamed Although Huck never meant to intentionally damage Jims integrity Huck feels extremely remorse afterwards that he could almost kiss Jims foot for forgiveness Normally in this racist society a white man would never humble himself to a black man moreover a slave Hence Jim provides moral guidance to Huck by triggering his sincerity As a result
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