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Huckleberry Finn Influence On Society

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Throughout the years, people have been destined to follow social norms, but there are few who decide not. In the novel, “The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain captures the reader's attention through the friendship of Tom and Huck, who contrast in characterization, but are necessary for a balanced society. A balanced society would looks like: each character playing a role so that the individual can be free and have equal rights for a more fulfilling life. Twain represents the balance of society through the young characters’ friendship because it is easier for children to become friends despite their differences. Tom Sawyer, a romanticist of the old southern society is represented as a conformist. Whereas Huckleberry Finn, who is portrayed as realist, is considered “uncivilized” because he does not…show more content…
Whereas, Huck Finn had a rough childhood that was characterized by trying to survive without a family. Without a proper family, Huck did not have the same pressure as a baby into childhood to follow social rules which affects the way he thinks; “We ain’t burglars. That ain’t no sort of style. We are highwaymen. We stop stages and carriages on the road, with masks on, and kill the people and take their watches and money." (3) Huck has a childlike imagination but has been forced to mature more quickly than others. For that reason, Huck’s maturity makes him a threat to society because he questions society's morals. This shows it is necessary to question conformity, to be able to have the liberty of deciding. If Huck’s world only existed then it would be challenged too, just like conformity is, which is why both must coexist. Therefore, Twain uses the contrast of these two characters to communicate the message that if one exists more than the other, then society would be static, where only few people may or may not benefit from an unbalanced
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