The Duke And The King

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The Duke and the King in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain’s novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, follows the story of a young runaway boy on a raft down the Mississippi River in the mid-nineteenth century; Huck is joined on his adventure by an escaped slave named Jim. “Twain purposely wrote the novel as a picaresque” (Sims) in which every event has an effect on the hero. As he travels down the river, Huck meets many people including two men who claim to be a duke and a dauphin, or a king. These two men turn out to be nothing more than conmen; however, they have an enormous role in the novel. Before the duke and the king joined Huck, the novel was, for the most part, peaceful; however, “with the introduction of the duke and the dauphin, the novel 's idyll curdles” (Updike). Because the duke and the dauphin provide a negative example of morality, expose the ignorance of the American public, and aid in Huck’s overall maturation they play a critical role throughout the novel. The duke and the dauphin are first introduced as liars claiming to be people that they are not; until Huck leaves them, the two men provide a greatly negative example of morals. One of the first things the two men do after joining Huck and Jim is go to a religious revival meeting to steal from the unsuspecting crowd. The thievery committed by the king establishes him as a character with immoral intentions. Furthermore, as the king is stealing money, the duke creates a wanted poster displaying…

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