Slaves put up with unimaginable abuse, and people did this telling themselves they weren't doing anything wrong. If everyone else is doing it, you might as well.
Many times when an individual stands up against society the become outcasts, we can see some of this in the story when Huck almost gets kicked out of the "gangaE because he doesn't have any immediate family. The people in the town think they are saving tom by trying to get him to conform, but they are actually trying to take away the thing he loves most, his freedom.
From the very beginning of the story, Huck makes it clear that he didn't want to conform to society saying that the Widow couldn't "sivilizeaE him because he didn't like being confined to the rules of living in society. Huck loves living on the raft because it gives him all the freedom and adventure he desires.
When Huck's father comes to town to try to get his hands on Huck's money, a judge rules that Huck belongs to Pap, a decision that was obliviously ignorant, but the judge blindly believed in his own power, and ended up getting Huck kidnapped. After Huck fakes his own death, you can see that the town is much more desperate to find Huck after he dies. They would rather take part in the trage