Huck Finn Morals Essay

1365 Words Mar 26th, 2007 6 Pages
Along the path of self-discovery, challenges constantly present themselves as opportunities to grow intellectually and as a chance to succeed. Often times, the use of personal judgment and self-understanding is necessary in order to overcome these challenges. In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck experiences difficulties which compel him to use his moral judgment. Huck, a young boy in search of freedom, is accompanied by a runaway slave named Jim as he embarks on a treacherous journey down the Mississippi River. During his adventure, Huck must determine the fate of the runaway slave. However, as his relationship with the slave deepens, he comes to realize this task is far from simple. Huck faces this life-defining yet …show more content…
Ending his moral struggle, Galileo believed his own values transcended his loyalty to the Church. As a result of his contradiction to the Church's astronomical belief, his individuality was suppressed, he was charged with heresy, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Church refused to believe Galileo's hypothesis yet Galileo was convinced it was true, which eventually led to his moral dispute.
In the same way that Galileo conflicted with much of society, a drafted soldier named Tim O' Brien is uncertain whether to fight in a war that, in doing so, would go entirely against his morals. Written by Tim O' Brien, The Things They Carried is a fictional novel that depicts the troubling experiences of U.S. soldiers while fighting in the Vietnam War in 1969. In the chapter entitled "On the Rainy River," it focuses particularly on a young man named Tim O' Brien and his reactions when receiving a draft notice to serve in the army. Like thousands of others, Tim undergoes a conflict of moral responsibility. He is morally opposed to the idea of murder and violence, yet he recognizes that it is his patriotic duty to serve his country and abide to his country's orders. Although he prefers to stick with what he feels is correct, he is troubled knowing that dodging the draft would put him at risk of danger. In confusion, Tim states, "I couldn't make up my mind. I feared the war, yes, but I also feared exile" (O'Brien 44). The draft notice puts him in a

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