In "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," does group mentality corrupt individuality?How do the characters change their actions according to civilized thought?I'm writing an essay on Huck...

In "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," does group mentality corrupt individuality?

How do the characters change their actions according to civilized thought?

I'm writing an essay on Huck Finn and my thesis is "Does group mentality corrupt individuality?" This means "does being able to think by yourself, using your own thoughts only, create a more 'pure' thinking enviroment?"

What I really need is a published critism or two, either arguing or agreeing with this thiought.

If you have any evidence or thoughts you may think is good for this thesis, Im open to your help!

Thank you.

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I would, first, decide what you think the answer to the question is, and then use evidence from the book itself to support your opinion.

Huck himself has a very unique thinking pattern; he takes in what society teaches him, and then forms his own opinion on the matter, an opinion that works for him, based on his experiences and perceptions of the world.   Huck is a completely original take on many of the issues of the time, and Twain often writes out Huck's entire thought process that leads to his final conclusion, so there are a lot of great examples of "pure thinking" occuring because of Huck thinking things out on his own.  Look for examples of this towards the beginning when he processes prayer, later with his father, and throughout the entire book as he ponders what is right and wrong in regards to slavery and helping Jim.

See the paragraph on Major Themes in the link below for further help.

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