Huck's Metamorphosis In "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn"

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the main character Huck Finn goes through many moral changes. At the beginning, Huck is wild and carefree, playing jokes and being a guileful little fellow. When Huck's adventures grow to involve more people and new moral questions never before thought of, you can tell that Huck has started to change. By the time the story is almost over, most everyone can see a dramatic change in his view on "right and wrong", his opinions, and values. Serious events often times affect a person's morals, opinions, and values. This is lucidly shown in Huck as his adventures evolve further into seriousness. Though the book has it's serious points a lot through-out, Twain still added a punch of humor to keep everything interesting and entertaining. The reader's opinion may have change a little after reading of Huck's adventures and seeing his changings.

Huck's views on, "right and wrong" opinions, views of slavery, and the tricks he plays all show the beliefs that Huck withheld in the early part of the book. Hucks opinion of religion shows his lack of concern for serious things. When lectured on heaven and hell (by which he refers to by the "good" and "bad" place), Huck quickly decides that he wants to go to the "bad" place. He finds no interest in singing and praying to God, while the "bad" place calls to him as he hears that his friend Tom Sawyer is going to the "bad" place. His views of praying also reflect his lack of serious involvement. While you're supposed to pray for spiritual gifts, Huck just doesn't understand and then prays for fishing line. Huck is upset him when he finds that there are no fishing hooks to go with his line (Pg. 14) and takes prayer as a so-so kind of deal until faced with another problem later on. His carefree, childish wild ways are shown with his superstitious values as well. This is revealed with his throwing salt over his shoulder (Pg. 19) and his other superstitions such as burning the spider, about the snakeskin, and talking about the dead (Pg. 62). Twain shows Huck's other moral deficiencies by him never telling the truth.

By the mid-point of the book, Huck has shown certain signs of improvement. He now realizes that Jim is as much a human as he. Huck's view of "right and wrong" have changed, by this point and it is clearly shown.He still is guileful, but now feels a twinge of guilt after the trick or lie. An example of this is when he tricks Jim into believing he was dreaming about the fog. When Jim says "en trash is what people is dat puts dirt on de head er dey fren's en makes 'em feel ashamed", (Pg. 102) which in more correct spelling means "trash is what people are who put dirt on their friend's heads". After Jim...

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