What are some ways that show how Huck Finn is isolated or alienated in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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Huck Finn finds himself isolated from Southern society by choice and circumstance.

His abusive father cares more about money than his own son so Huck's money must be protected by the court.

In the meantime, Huck struggles to become "civilized" according to Southern social norms so sneaks off on occasion.

Unfortunately, Huck is kidnapped and beaten by his father despite the fact that he entrusted the care of his money to a judge.

Once Huck is freed, he is reluctant to return to his previous life.

Huck seems to struggle with the notion of returning captured slaves to their owners and chooses to rebel against society and free his friend.

His view about slaves evolves during the course of the novel.

Huck also struggles with the notion of right and wrong when it comes to men who con individuals.

He has to learn about the consequences of such acts on people he cares about before making the choice to turn in these individuals.

At the novel's conclusion, Huck's actions are vindicated by circumstance, but this classic book forces readers to consider cases in which breaking a social norm and the law can be justified.

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