Consideration on Religious Hypocrisy and Morals in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn told of a young boy who traveled south with a runaway slave, Jim, after escaping his father by means of a fake murder. In the myriad of misadventures, Huck observed many things, learned about himself and about the southern society, and dynamically changed as a person. Twain satirized the gullibility and the underdeveloped moral compass of the average southerner. Through this satire and characters in the novel, he discusses numerous topics including racism, treatment of the black population, of the female population and many more. The two most prominent themes that ran throughout the book included religion versus superstition and morals. Twain portrayed superstition as morally superior…show more content…
It is important to note that when Huck goes against societal expectations; he fears that he would disappoint the widow. Twain portrayed Miss Watson as an unforgiving person, essential to strengthen the fact that most Christians in the book are religiously hypocritical. Later in the string of adventures, Huck found retreat with the Grangerford family after he lost Jim but very soon became distressed by the feud that they have with the Shepherdson family: Next Sunday, we all went to church, about 3 mile, everybody a-horseback. The men took their guns along, so did Buck and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall. The Shepherdsons done the same. It was pretty ornery preaching—all about brotherly love, and such-like tiresomeness; But everybody said it was a good sermon and they had talked it over going home, and had a such powerful lot to say about faith and good works and free grace and preforeodedestination… (109). The church scene illustrates the religious hypocrisy of the two families. The “brotherly love” doesn’t exist between the feuding opponents, but Christianity’s main focus is brotherly love and accepting one another. The fact that the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons practice Christianity and yet self-righteously ignored the brotherly love made the feud absurd and unnecessary. After reuniting with each other, they started traveling down south again and they met a pair of con men, the King and the

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