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The underlying theme of Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn is that the ideas of society can greatly influence the individual and sometimes the individual must break off from the accepted values of society to determine the ultimate truth for himself In Huckleberry Finns world society has corrupted justice and morality to fit the needs of the people of the nation at that time Basically Americans were justifying slavery through whatever social or religious ways that they deemed necessary during this time The conflict between society and Huckleberry Finn results from Hucks non-conformist attitude This attitude is a result of his separation from society at an early age With a highly abusive drunkard for a father Huckleberry Finn is forced from childhood to rely solely on himself As a result of this he effectively alienates himself from the rest of society Society continues to try to reform him but Huckleberry Finn shows his lack of appreciation in that effort from the very beginning of the story when he says The Widow Douglas she took me for her son and allowed she would sivilize me I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again and was free and satisfied His actions are based on instinct and his own experience rather than conventional conscience As a result he makes up the rules for himself as he goes along forming a conscience that is keenly aware of societys prejudices by actions based on that which he has experienced This becomes a basis for the first crisis in the novel The way in which Huck has been brought up forced to have his own ideas and really become isolated from society brings about the dilemma that what he has always believed to be a true way to act having his own conscience becomes challenged He is now faced with the beliefs of society and the conformist ways of society Huck grew up in a very difficult family atmosphere
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