The Grapes Of Wrath And Huckleberry Finn Analysis

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The American Dream is a dream in which life is fuller, better, happier and free. In the two books Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, each book shows the American Dream in a different way. In The Grapes of Wrath, the American Dream is shown as in illusion. That being because America is going through the Great Depression and it’s very difficult to make a living or even have food on a plate. However, in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the American Dream is shown as both an illusion and a reality. This is because Jim and Huckleberry end up escaping their old lives to find one that is better and new, but along the way they run into frauds cheating people of their own money, and other people…show more content…
The American Dream was both an illusion and a reality in Mark Twain’s book, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This book mainly focuses on a teenager named Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as he tries to seek out freedom. In the book, Huckleberry Finn fakes his own death to get away from his father who severely abuses him. This idea seems to go against the American Dream which says, according to James Truslow Adams that, “ -life should be better, richer, and fuller for everyone-”. Huckleberry though, is not at all living his life this way for, if he was then there would be no reason to fake his own death. While running away from his hometown, Huckleberry finds Jim, who is running away to seek freedom and the decide to team up with one another as Huckleberry in a sense, is also running away for freedom. When the two are making their way down the river, Huckleberry and Jim find themselves getting stuck with two frauds who claim to be a duke and a king. These two men rob a many people of their money and continue to do so with no remorse. In the American Dream, everyone respects one another and is the best person they can be, cheating people of their money in any way does not make someone the best they can be. This part of the book is showing how the American Dream is more of an illusion than a reality, but the book also shows how the American Dream actually is a reality as well. After running away from the duke and the king, and losing Jim, Huckleberry

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