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Moral Development and Dilemmas of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is based on a young boys coming of age in Missouri of the mid-1800s This story depicts many serious issues that occur on the dry land of civilization better known as society As these somber events following the Civil War are told through the young eyes of Huckleberry Finn he unknowingly develops morally from both the conforming and non-conforming influences surrounding him on his journey to freedom Hucks moral evolution begins before he ever sets foot on the raft down the Mississippi His mother has died and his father is constantly in a drunken state Huck grows up following his own rules until he moves in with the Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson Together the women attempt to civilize Huck by making him attend school study religion and act in a way the women find socially acceptable However Hucks free-spirited soul keeps him from joining the constraining and lonely life the two women have in store for him The freedom Huck seeks in Tom Sawyers gang is nothing more than romantic childs-play Raiding a caravan of Arabs really means terrorizing young children on a Sunday school picnic and the stolen joolry is nothing more than turnips or rocks Huck is disappointed that the adventures Tom promises are not real and so along with the other members he resigns from the gang Still he ignorantly assumes that Tom is superior to him because of his more suitable family background and fascination with Romantic literature Twain Pap and the kidnapping play another big role in Hucks moral development Pap is completely antisocial and wishes to undo all of the civilizing effects that the Widow and Miss Watson have attempted to instill in him However Pap does not symbolize freedom he promotes drunkenness prejudice and abuse Huck escapes the cabin to search for the freedom he yearns for It is after
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