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Huck Finns Foolish Decision During the times of slavery in the American South helping a slave achieve his freedom is looked down upon by the general public and is a socially unacceptable thing to do In Mark Twains novel Huckleberry Finn Huck decides to help Jim a black slave to run away This puts Huck in dissonance with society Hucks decision while being the right thing to do from a modern standpoint puts him in danger and is therefor a foolish way to deal with this dissonance Rescuing Jim is an unwise choice for Huck to make because he is leaving a safe environment and the world is a dangerous place full of criminals and con artists and many people do not look kindly on a boy who is freeing a slave The environment that Aunt Sally creates for Huck is a safe structured and wholesome one This seems like an ideal environment for a child to grow up in Apart from the occasional appearance of Hucks father and mischief created by Tom Sawyer Huck is safe living with Aunt Polly Huck is being schooled and civilized and even though he does not like it it is beneficial for him Huck has plenty of money that is safe with Judge Thatcher and is making more everyday off the interest Hucks leaving this environment is a foolish thing to do because he is squandering a great opportunity and by leaving he is put himself endangering himself In Huckleberry Finns time the South is a dangerous place full of thieves con men and murderers These rapscallions would not think twice about killing Huck and stealing Jim to make some money The Duke and the King are two examples of these kinds of people They run scams for a living and swindle people of their money Huck sees through them quickly and states It didnt take me long to make up my mind that these liars
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