"All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil." This quote illustrates a conflict between what is wrong and what is right. Making a wrong decision sometimes makes an individual an outcast. Both Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter, show that one person with his or her own views may contradict a society. Huck's and Hester's moral struggles lead to a fight between conscience vs. civilization. It's ironic, but conscience in these cases is right, and civilization is evil and cruel.
The author uses the fight between conscience, good, and civilization, evil, to develop the characters, and the theme of this novel. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is set in St. Petersburg, Missouri. In this novel, Huck overcomes the bigotry that society preached. He goes against society's rules and tries to help his friend, Jim, a runaway slave. Moral struggles come into play several times as they"re making their voyage down the river. The river symbolizes serenity and the beauty of nature. It's during this journey that the great moral crisis in Huck's life occurs. He now has to choose between his social conscience and individual conscience. He has to make a difficult decision of whether giving Jim up to the slave hunters, as society would have him do, or help Jim to remain a free man, as his own conscience would have him do. It's ironic that even though Huck knows the consequences of helping a slave become free, he takes it upon himself to do what his conscience suggests. What his conscience suggests is actually good, and planning to help his friend, Huck is willing to go to "Hell". Huck considers Jim as his equal, who has true feelings and who deeply cares for his family. Huck never had anyone to care about him as Jim did and accepts Jim's humanity. As a result, he is willing to fight for Jim against the treacherous rules of the society.