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A World Full Of Hypocrisies Essay

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Most of the people in this world are hypocrites in some way. Mark Twain’s novel Adventure of Huckleberry Finn shows hypocrisies in the early 1800s society. Many people pretend that they have lofty virtue but they are actually doing things that oppose what they believe. But, the sad thing is that most of the time they don’t even notice they are doing against their principle. It is important to be able to distinguish good and evil. And, Huck’s experiences teach him how to live in this dangerous society. Although slavery was already abolished by the time Mark Twain established the novel, racism still existed in America and especially in the Southern states. The author uses hypocrisy to show ...view middle of the document...

Huck hesitates and goes back and forth between his father and widow’s words. He finds a place where he satisfies and decides to take both of their ideas: he eliminates the amount of things that he is borrowing. But still, he is stealing foods with the runaway slave. This does not just happen on Huck. There is another time Huck goes to a small town where a boy asks him “Say, gimme a chaw tobacker won’t ye?”(327). The boy obviously wants some tobacco for free, because Huck is never going to see this boy again. People mix up the meaning of borrowing and stealing. They blinded themselves. Sometimes hypocrisy begins when people cannot distinguish good and evil. People won’t think about what they have done. The hypocrisies in the book reflect what the American society looks like in 19th century.
Slavery and Racism are the focuses of the book. During pre-Civil War Era, there is severe discrimination about African Americans in the South. At that time, people believe that runaway slaves should be punished seriously, and usually there will be reward for catching a runaway slave. Even though this goes against what we think in 21st century, it is the mainstream idea at that time. Huck of course knows it is a sin to hide a runaway slave. However, when a ship comes to check Huck’s raft for a runaway slave, Huck spontaneously lies to them and saves Jim’s life. Huck goes against his principle and the society’s rules. He regrets, but he thinks that “s’pose you’d a done right and give Jim up; would you felt better than what you do now? … What’s the use you learning to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?” (143). Huck tries to make himself feel better. He examines the...

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