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Literary Themes In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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There is most certainly a reason the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic in American literature. It is nearly impossible not to be transported into the Old America setting. Mark Twain, the mad genius behind the universe of Huckleberry Finn, took tidbits and inspiration from other pieces of literature while writing this book. From slavery to Shakespeare there are many literary themes discovered by the reader. One of the key themes that is discussed by the readers of the novel is slavery. The story is set in a completely different time period where what people thought was right and wrong is completely different from current time. It was so interesting how Jim went from being the target of Tom and Huck’s prank to being Huck’s partner in crime. The reason the white people could justify what they were doing to their slaves is because they weren’t looked at as humans. “Violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings, but it can also be cultural and societal” (Foster 95). It was pleasant as the story progressed to see Huck get to know and understand Jim. Huck finally sees that Jim has the same feeling and emotions that he himself has. They both share difficult living situations, they are both constantly commanded, and the only difference is society doesn’t see Jim and Huck as equal. Another theme that is frequently brought up is how Huck is supposed to act. The Widow and Miss Watson are constantly trying to correct his manners and make him
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