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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is said to be the source from which all great American literature has stemmed Smith 127 This is in part attributed to Mark Twains ability to use humor and satire as well as incorporating serious subject matter into his work Throughout the novel Twain takes on the serious issue of Hucks moral dilemma One such issue which is particularly important in the novel is pointed out by SmithHe swears and smokes but he has a set of ethics all his own He believes that slaves belong to their rightful owners yet in his honest gratitude toward his friend Jim he helps him to escape the bonds of slavery 181This is something that tears at Huck throughout the novel and helps Twain show how complex Hucks character really is The recognition of complexity in Hucks character enabled Twain to do full justice to the conflict of vernacular values and the dominant culture Smith 125 Throughout Huck and Jims adventures Huck is constantly playing practical jokes on Jim who seems to take them all in stride But unknown to the reader Twain uses this aspect as another notch in Hucks moral growth Critic Frank McGill points this out Hucks humble apology for the prank he plays on Jim in the fog is striking evidence of growth in Hucks moral insight It leads naturally to the next chapter in which Twain causes Huck to face up for the first time to the facthe is helping a slave escape119Another serious issue addressed by Twain is the abuse that was given to Huck by his father Huck was kidnaped from the Widow Douglas by his father who had heard of his inheritance Hucks father then took him to a cabin far away in the woods
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