Huckleberry Finn: Realism vs. Romanticism

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Huckleberry Finn: Realism vs. Romanticism The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, mainly takes place on the Mississippi River, as Huck and Jim pursue their freedom. They persevere through many obstacles and learn life lessons along the way. Twain uses these characters to depict the significance of friendship over society's moral structure. He demonstrates characteristics of both Romanticism and Realism in his novel to express his ideas of that time period. Romanticism is based on the importance of feelings, imagination and individual creativity, whilst Realism is intended to portray the lives of the common man, the ethical struggles and social issues of real-life situations. Huckleberry Finn is essentially a Realistic…show more content…
Even worse, Jim eventually gets out of prison and ends up helping Tom make the preparations for his own escape. Furthermore, he connects with the reader by providing examples of issues that occur in real-life situations. Twain also satirizes religion, and the way that people seem to outdo themselves in public, but disregard those religious values when they aren't beneficial to them. In the novel, the Grangerfords and the Shepardsons, two rivaling families, provide a necessary example of this religious hypocrisy. When these families go to church, "the men took their guns along, and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall. The Shepherdsons done the same" (109). Although the families are in church, they still don't trust each other. Also, after agreeing that the sermon on brotherly love was a good one, the two families go out and continue fighting each other. In the beginning of the novel, Pap tries to prevent Huck from going to school, because he feels as if Huck is trying to be better than him. While Pap, being a romantic, distrusts progress, Huck seems to look towards progress, even though he does this only to spite Pap. Nevertheless, Huck continues to go to school: “He catched me a couple of times and trashed me, but I went to school just the same, and dodged him or outrun him most of the time”(33). Because of Huck's negligence, Pap

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