Huck Finn - Hypocrisy of Society Essay

693 WordsMar 29, 20063 Pages
Almost all novels depict morals or the author's view on any given subject. Although many people start to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn thinking that it is a simple novel on a boy's childhood, they soon come to realize that the author, Mark Twain, expresses his opinions on multiple important, political issues. Twain touches on subjects such as slavery, money and greed, society and civilization, and freedom. From the time of its publication, Huckleberry Finn has been distinguished as a novel with prodigious political positions and messages. Throughout the novel, Twain continuously shows the hypocrisy and absurdity of civilized society. Part of the absurdity of civilized society that Twain depicts is that society's accepted rules…show more content…
Huck was brought up and raised without any rules, and he has a strong opposition to anything that might "sivilize" him. This is first shown in the first chapter when the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson tried to pressure Huck to wear new clothes, give up smoking, go to school, to study religion and the Bible, and to "sivilize" him. On the other hand, Tom Sawyer, who lives in a completely civilized world, represents civilization and symbolizes the idealism of civilization. Tom is always looking for adventures and ways to escape from the irrational conduct of civilization. Mark Twain also demonstrates how undesirable civilized society really is. Both Huck and Jim desire freedom, which greatly contrasts the existing civilization along the river. They both turn to nature to escape from the unprincipled ways of civilization. Huck wants to escape from both the proper, cultured behavior of Miss Watson and Widow Douglas and the tyranny of his father. Jim, on the other hand, hopes to escape from slavery and start a new life as a free man, hopefully with his own family eventually. Throughout the novel, the raft enables Huck and Jim to escape from the barbarism of their society to a place of serenity and peace, which is always on their raft, away from any other people. Through the duration of the story, Huck learns and does many things that would be contrary to the beliefs of society such as helping Jim
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