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Individual Morality Vs Flawed Social Morality In Huck FinnThroughout the tale of Huckleberry Finn morality plays a very prominent role Specifically it is social morality that plays such an important role social morality being the prevailing social morality of the general population Huck is unique in that he does not fit in with the civilized society In fact it could be understood that Huck is somewhat of and outsider Hucks own morality is often at odds with that of society while at the same time the reader is apt to view Hucks morality as more sound It is this recurring situation which Twain uses to show how flawed social morality can be More specifically Huck is used by Twain to show the overall importance of the individual over societyOne of the earlier major moral dilemmas Huck faces is whether or not to turn Jim in Huck suddenly realizes that he is essentially aiding the escape of a slave by assisting Jim The social morality of the time dictated that slaves were property and of course helping one to escape was akin to stealing Huck realizes this and is faced with said dilemma Huck buckling under the pressure of the social morality decides he must write a letter and turn Jim in He nearly carries through his plan until he realizes that Jim is his friend and he tears up the letter and abandons the plan to turn Jim in At the same time he proclaims that if Hell was the price he was going to pay for aiding a runaway slave then he was prepared to accept that punishment The scene shows Huck rejecting the social morality and more specifically to a degree the institutional morality of slavery The interesting dichotomy of this situation is that Huck is regarded by society as an outsider while at the same time its obvious to the reader that Hucks morality is superior to that of society It is
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