The world shouts at you, telling you that what you are doing is wrong and that you will
face the consequences of your unimaginable actions. However, your heart, the thing
which no society can truly master, tells you that helping this slave is the correct thing to
do. Throughout the pages of “Huckleberry Finn”, written by Mark Twain, there are
constant examples of how Huck’s morals were unique and just. Huck’s idea of right from
wrong tends to be individual and independent from that which is imposed by society as
illustrated through the morally challenging dilemmas he faces throughout the book. This
value is very significant on almost every page of Huck Finn. It is Huck’s distinctive
morals and perspectives which give the story it’s flavor. Huck continuously protects Jim’s
freedom even though it goes against everything that society says. Huck’s morals allow
him to be compassionate and sensitive. Huck would rather “go to hell” then give in to
Throughout the novel, Huck continues to conserve and protect Jim’s freedom and
human rights. Huck will always lie to preserve Jim.
(pg. 81)“1‘He’s white...I wish you would. He’s sick-and so is mam and Mary Ann.”
Huck will do anything to free Jim. When Huck learned of how Jim was sold back into
slavery for “forty filthy dollars” the first thing that he thought of was how he was going to
free Jim.
(pg. 195) “ ‘Sold [Jim]?’ I says and begun to cry; ‘why, he was my...’”
However, Huck’s morals also allow him to possess compassion and sensitivity.
Perhaps a key example found in the text which demonstrates how well founded Huck’s
morals are is in the episodes where Huck shows his compassion and sensitivity.
Huck is sensitive to honest and innocent folks.
“ ‘But [the slaves] will be back, and inside of two weeks-and I know it!’”.
(pg. 146) “ ‘Well, if ever I struck anything like it, I’m a nigger. It was enough to
make a body ashamed of the human race.’”
Huck is sensitive to indecent folks, as well. (pg. 63) “ ‘Quick, Jim, it ain’t no time for
fooling...if we don’t hunt up [the murderers] of ‘em going to be in a bad fix...’”
Amazingly enough, Huck would rather live in eternal damnation then let society tell
him right from wrong and how to interpret his morals.
Also, if it came down to having his ideas, feelings, and morals tampered with, Huck
would sooner go to hell. Huck would rather go to hell. (pg. 192) “ ‘All right, then, I’ll go
to hell’-and he tore [the letter] up.”
Huck’s morals could never be molded into what society thought. (pg. 263) “But I
reckon...Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been
there before.”
While walking around the dense forests of Mexico, listening to the jungle birds and
the crisp breeze, you notice the surreal sound of the drone of drums off in the distance.
You walk closer to the sounds and notice a large funnel of smoke arising from one
particular area of the forest. As you get closer still you hear men chanting violently in
strange tongues. Suddenly you come to a clearing and notice a massive step-like building
directly in front of you that is at least 200 ft. high! On top you can finally see several men
on top of this what seems to be a temple, performing some kind of savage ritual. They’re
offering human sacrifice to the gods in hope of good luck, protection, and prosperity.
What these Aztec man were doing was performing a ritual that we have labeled as
a myth. To them human sacrifice is a necessity, or means of life. Human and animal
sacrifices were an integral part of Aztec religion. For warriors, the ultimate honor was to
be slain in battle or to volunteer for sacrifice in a major ritual. Prisoners were often used
for less important rituals. Victims would ascend the steps of the pyramid, where priests
would then stretch them across a convex stone and rip their hearts out with a sharp knife.
However, our modern society has proved this belief as a myth because it has
proven to be false or has never been proven. Almost every ancient culture (even our
modern one) has myths or “tall tales” weaved into it for several reasons. One, people
create myths to cope or explain the unexplainable. For instance, though controversial
because nobody was alive to record the actual events of the formation of the earth, many