The Novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, By Mark Twain,

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The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is one of the most widely praised novels from that time period. In the novel, Huck Finn, the main character, embarks on an adventure to freedom along with his friend Jim. Both Huck and Jim are searching for freedom, but the types of freedom are extremely different. While Jim is hoping for freedom from slavery, Huck yearns for freedom from civilization and confinement. This is why Huck rejects civilization at the end of the novel. Throughout the novel, Twain provides instances of hypocrisy, cruelty, and social satire to portray both his and Huck’s views on society. Hypocrisy is a huge element of the novel, whether it be about racism, slavery, or morality. One example of…show more content…
The reason Huck contemplates turning in Jim is because of the societal norms that he sees around him, and this is how Twain is expressing his views on society. Slavery was a part of the society. It was normal, but Huck sees that it is not wrong, and if this is what society and civilization is, he doesn’t want to be a part of it. However he still doesn’t want to do the wrong thing and go against society. Twain also uses instances of cruelty to express his views on society as well as Huck’s definition of civilization. For example, Huck states, “He chased me with a clasp knife, calling me the Angel of Death.” This shows Pap’s abusive nature when he’s drunk. He attempts to kill his own son because of his intoxication, which is a pretty cruel act. This is one of the reasons that Huck wants to escape civilization. His own father is an alcoholic, and is a threat to his livelihood. This also ties back into Twains views on his belief that people were selfish. Pap doesn’t consider the dangers that he puts Huck in when he gets drunk, he just does it for his own leisure. Pap truly embodies the negatives of society during the time period. Another example of cruelty in the novel is when Pap states, “I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn 't too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in this country where they 'd let that nigger vote, I drawed out. I says I 'll never vote agin.” Here, Pap is
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