Huckleberry Finn – Morality of His Character
Many critics of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn fail to see the morality and support of racial equality presented in this novel. June Edwards the author of “What’s Moral About Huckleberry Finn” also believes that most critics do not understand Twain’s method or completely ignore the satires used throughout the novel. Twain uses a unique method to make a point, including racial equality and Huck’s highly moral personality.
In June Edward’s opinion critics who try to censor Huckleberry Finn see Huck as a poor role model for teenagers. They pass this judgment because of his poor use of grammar and his repeated ability to lie. In Edward’s article she points out many things that show Huck’s morals along with the novels support of racial equality, which differs greatly with those who wish to censure Huckleberry Finn. Unlike most critics of this novel, I happen to agree with Edwards on her position on this novel.
One topic of disapproval of this novel is Huck’s use of bad grammar making him a poor role model for today’s youth. Huck’s use of poor grammar reflects the culture that Huck lived in at that time in the south. I believe that if a person uses poor grammar in their speech, that is not a reflection of that person’s personality or morality in any way. Huck proves countless times that he is a young man of high morals even if he is not highly educated.
Another criticism of Huck Finn is he tricks people into thinking he is something he is not. For example he posed as a girl in a town down the river to see the response to Huck and Jims disappearance. He acted in a similar manor when asked, by slave catchers who was accompanying him on his raft. Huck quickly created a story to protect his slave friend Jim from the feared slave catchers. Huck hides his identity numerous times to protect his friend Jim from danger and possibly death. It takes an extraordinary high moral person to take these kinds of personal risks to protect a slave especial during this time period in the south, but Huck is nothing of the ordinary.