The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

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How does Huck's moral character change throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and what are some examples of his moral dilemmas ?

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As a novel of maturation, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn depicts Huck's moral growth from that of a boy who is only concerned with his desires into a young man who feels a responsibility towards others.

Here are examples of moral dilemmas that help to bring about Huck's character development:

—Huck runs away from his father but pretends to be dead; otherwise, Pap will keep looking for him.

Moral dilemma: Huck knows that it is wrong to pretend to be dead because the news will hurt the people who care about him, but he feels he cannot do otherwise and be safe. After some time, Huck sees smoke and happens upon Jim, who has run away from Miss Watson. Huck decides not to turn him in when Jim tells him the reason for his escape. Having run away himself, Huck becomes sympathetic to Jim's problems.

—Later, Huck faces another difficult decision as he and Jim climb onto a steamboat that had "killed herself on a rock." Jim does not want to go aboard for fear there is a watchman, but Huck...

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