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Many literary scholars and critics complain that Mark Twain is not able to fully tie up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with its ending They feel that Twains ending contradicted everything Huck Finn had gone through up to that point However these reactions seem to be a result of overanalyzing of the literature Huck has not reverted back to his former ways by the end of the story It is at the end of the novel where Huck Finn began to understand his own morality and begins to recognize how and why he must use it The driving theme in this novel seemed to be Huck Finns acceptance and rejection of values and morals that he discovered in his experiences Huck went from being a passive unsure boy to becoming a confident young adult with a good sense of right and wrong Critics argue that Twain destroys Hucks progress by ending the book the way he did For example they point to Huck freeing Jim as being unnecessary because of Miss Watson freeing him in her will However Hucks attempts to free Jim illustrate his newly founded love for Jim Although Twain does give the reader a reason for Miss Watson freeing Jim we still can see how much Huck has matured over the course of the novel That part of the ending may seem a bit unresolved but it helps show the reader just how much different Huck views both his own life and the lives of those around him Huck went from thinking of Jim as simply Miss Watsons nigger to risking his own freedom for his newest and quite possibly closest friend Another point that many critics bring up is the way that Tom Sawyer again entered Hucks life and seemed to have full control over Huck again However this is not true because Huck learns that everything Tom says is not correct He stills follows Toms lead though which many feel
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