Humanity And Morality In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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In “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” humanity is portrayed as cruel and insensitive. Mark Twain’s purpose is to paint a picture of the hypocrisy of society and human nature during this time period. He does this in many ways, specifically by, giving a drunken father custody over his child, skewing Huck’s view of morals, and twisting ideas of justice. The context of the story is that a young boy fakes his own death to escape his abusive father and travels down a river with an escaped slave. The book begins with ‘Pap’ fighting to take custody over Huck, not because he truly cares about the boy but to gain control over the money he possesses. The twisted role of society comes into play when the judge is willing to give Huck over to his father, an abusive drunk. Fortunately, the judge realizes the intent and allows Huck to remain with under the care of the widow. Twain sets the stage of the novel with this interaction to portray how messed up society is that it would put a young boy with an abusive drunk. To go even further, he displays the hypocrisy of society by depicting the other main character, Jim, a black man who runs away in desperate attempt to keep his family together, as nothing more than an escaped slave, a piece of property. Twain uses this contrast to show the heavy racism at this time specifically highlighting the errors of society hinging on white men’s decisions. It makes the reader itch knowing that the same people would put a young boy in the care of a
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