Mark Twain'S The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Is More

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Mark Twain 's the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is more than just a condemnation of pre-civil war society and its justification of slavery. Twain also uses the novel to challenge the validity of superstition. The main characters, Huckleberry and Jim, are mere marionettes for Twain to express his censure through; he mocks them with their own fears and distortion of superstition. Twain’s representation of superstition throughout the book is indicative of his own thoughts towards the subject. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a sequel to Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Set in nineteenth century rural Missouri, it follows the story of an unlikely pair of runaways, Huck and Jim, a battered white boy and a slave. Jim, tired of…show more content…
... However, violence was commonplace, and young Sam witnessed much death: When he was 9 years old, he saw a local man murder a cattle rancher, and at 10 he watched a slave die after a white overseer struck him with a piece of iron.” (Biography) These deaths had a profound impact on Samuel, the slave’s death would invoke his sympathies on the issue of slavery, a subject he was vehemently against in Huck Finn. Huck treats Jim like an equal and at a time, he looks to Jim for comfort and guidance when they find his father dead on a fishing boat. Samuel’s childhood town and its proximity to the Missouri river also influenced his writing. His pen name is actually derived from a boating term and Missouri and its rivers were the primary settings of Huck Finn and its predecessor, Tom Sawyer. Hannibal, Missouri was far behind in development compared to other western towns. Its amenities were rudimentary as where its beliefs. The town, like much of Missouri, still believed in superstition. But not Samuel, he was a well read boy. He rejected the conventions of the time, slavery and superstition, and used The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to mock them. “Jim is a black man and a runaway slave[;] he is at the mercy of almost all the other characters in the novel and is often forced into ridiculous and degrading situations. .... Jim is superstitious and occasionally sentimental, but he is also
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