"Sivilized" Essay

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain criticizes a “sivilized” society, by depicting those who are considered “civilized” to be deceiving. Huckleberry Finn, also referred to as Huck, is the protagonist and the narrator of the story. He is influenced by many, but makes decisions that contradict societal norms. As the story develops, Twain employs dramatic, situational, and cosmic irony, as Huck overcomes difficult situations throughout his journey with Jim; a slave.
As Huck and Jim go down the Mississippi River, to get away from St. Petersburg, they separate after a ship was close to crashing their raft. Huck tries to find Jim, but encounters the Grangerfords. The Grangerfords are a family who accepted Huck into their household. Buck Grangerford, one of the sons, forms a special bond with Huck when they first meet. Incidentally, the Grangerfords have had a feud with the Shepherdsons for over 30 years. It’s dramatically ironic that the families’ kindness is overshadowed with violence contributing to the long lasting feud. Buck admits, “Well, if they’d ‘a’ ben some, [Shepherdsons] I reckon’d a got one.” (p.97) The plot twist then arises, and the daughter, Sophia Grangerford elopes with Harney Shepherdson. A battle takes place after the incident, resulting in the death of all the Grangerfords, and the departure of Huck after being stuck between the two families during the fight. Huck subsequently finds Jim in the woods, and so their journey continued. In conjunction with the dramatic irony, the Grangerfords attend church and claim that they’re very religious. They listen to sermons about brotherhood, yet they kill each other “...but they don’t know now what the row was about in the first place.” (p.108)
Huck, being the uncivilized person he is, is often influenced by his best friend Tom Sawyer, who is motivated by his adventure books. As Huck began his journey down the Mississippi River with Jim, he gained...

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