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Morals and Society Samuel Clemens tells us in his novel Huckleberry Finn that morality and moral values can be derived from common sense about right and wrong that comes from the conscience He developed three characters Huck Jim and Tom with different moral values While each of these three characters moral outlook and beliefs are different they all intertwine around a main focus doing the right thing verses doing the wrong thing Due to their different backgrounds they all viewed society differently During the era in which this novel takes place just before the Civil War society had reached a point where morality and doing the right thing seemed unimportant Drunkenness selfishness cruelty lying stealing discrimination and slavery were almost accepted behavior Immorality could be accepted as normal for society In contrast good moral behavior judgment and beliefs often stood in contrast to the norm for society As the novel Huckleberry Finn unfolds the reader sees the contrasting moral values evolve from the characters words and actions Tom Sawyer derived his moral values based upon what he read in adventure novels The adventure heroes and the good and evil represented in the fantasy books captivated him Tom had an impulsive train of thought and shallow moral values His concern over Jims problem with slavery was insincere even though he used the subject as his rationale for why he risked helping Jim escape from the Phelpes Tom spent many days focusing precisely on how to free Jim by studying the adventure novels They wasted days following ridiculous ideas when it would have been much easier to just open the door Tom plotted to drag Jim out from under the cabin build a moat and even suggested to Huck that he amputate Jims leg The actions show Toms immaturity selfishness and superficial understanding of right and wrong He represents a bad moral character because he doesnt think about others feelings or the
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