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An Analysis of the Conflict Between Society and the Individual as a Theme Portrayed Throughout Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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The conflict between society and the individual is a theme portrayed throughout Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck was not raised in accord with the accepted ways of civilization Huck faces many aspects of society which makes him choose his own individuality over civilization He practically raises himself relying on instinct to guide him through life As portrayed several times in the novel Huck chooses to follow his innate sense of right yet he does not realize that his own instincts are more moral than those of society From the very beginning of Hucks story Huck without a doubt states that he did not want to conform to society The Widow Douglas she took me for her son and allowed she would civilize me I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again and was free and satisfiedTwain 2 Miss Watson lives with Huck and she is always picking at him trying to make him become conventional Huck has become so used to being free that he sees the Widow Douglas protection solely in terms of confinement She doesnt let Huck smoke when he wants and she is always nagging Miss Watson would say Dont put your feet up there Huckleberry and Dont scrunch up like that Huckleberry -- set up straight and pretty soon she would say Dont gap and stretch like that Huckleberry -- why dont you try to behaveTwain 3 We get the feeling that Huck is an individual a person who is independent and has the willingness to live a life free of complications One of the most prominent and important themes of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is freedom Freedom not only from Hucks internal paradoxical struggle in defining right and wrong but also freedom from Hucks personal relationships with the Widow Douglas and his father as well as freedom from the societal institutions of government religion and prejudices When in fact
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