Death, lies, deceit, hurt, and corruption are all common characteristics that have been and can be seen in society. All of these characteristics can be seen in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The reader can see the main character, Huck's, rejection of society as he faces inner turmoil when discovering the greed, corruption, selfishness, racism, and deceit of it. First the idea of slavery is questioned, then soon after followed by Huck running in with society's worst characters. These included the feud between the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons, the racist south, and the Duke and King. Throughout the book, as Huck discovers more flaws in society, he turns away from it and towards nature where he can be free from its bonds. .
Having grown up in the racist south, Huck Finn faces indecision as he decides whether to turn the runaway slave Jim in, or help him be freed. In the end, Huck goes against civilization's views on slavery, and instead follows his heart; helping Jim to freedom. The biggest of example of this is when he states: .
" 'Pooty soon I'll be a-shout'n' for joy, en I'll say, it's all on accounts o' Huck; I's a free man, en I couldn't ever ben free ef it hadn' ben for Huck; Huck done it. Jim won't ever forgit you, Huck; you's de bes' fren' Jim's ever had; en you's de ONLY fren' ole Jim's got now.' I was paddling off, all in a sweat to tell on him; but when he says this, it seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me. I went along slow then, and I warn't right down certain whether I was glad I started or whether I warn't. When I was fifty yards off, Jim says: 'Dah you goes, de ole true Huck; de on'y white genlman dat ever kep' his promise to ole Jim.' Well, I just felt sick. But I says, I GOT to do it-I can't get OUT of it" (Twain 87). .
Here as Huck is going through with his decision to turn in Jim, Jim reminds Huck of their friendship and his trust in Huck.