Huckleberry Finn's ending

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Many literary scholars and critics complain that Mark Twain is not able to fully tie up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with its ending. They feel that Twain’s ending contradicted everything Huck Finn had gone through up to that point. However, these reactions seem to be a result of overanalyzing of the literature. Huck has not reverted back to his former ways by the end of the story. It is at the end of …

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…controversy exists is really only indicative of our need, as readers, to find morals and meanings in literature. Too often, though, we forget that literature is often written with the purpose of entertainment in mind. After all, Mark Twain himself warned the reader to not look for morals in Huck Finn. Why do, we as readers, always need to look for symbols and ideals in our literature? That should be the real source of controversy.