Everyone has his or her own opinion of society. Some opinions are negative, others positive. In “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, Mark Twain clearly expresses his opinion through the characters in the story. Whether it be through Huck, Jim, Miss Watson, Widow Douglas, or even the King and the Duke, Twain uses each character to show different parts of society. Mainly he displays his words through each individual character to show the reader how he views society and civilization himself. Twain implies a more negative perspective of society throughout the book, But also shows some positive views as well.
The beginning of the book starts out with Huck being taken in by the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. These two ladies try to shove manners and obedience down Huck's throat, especially Miss Watson. Huck claims he does not want to be “sivilized” he has no respect for Miss Wataon because she is rude to him and is too pushy. One would think that Huck would be grateful that someone took him in and fed him, but he would rather live in the woods than be trapped in a house with the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson."After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers; and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by-and-by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him; because I don't take no stock in dead people." (Twain 132) Huck had never been taught much of anything so he does not understand why the Widow Douglas is putting so much emphasis on someone who is deceased. This goes to show that society at the time was to raise a child up with discipline and manners. If the child did not listen, the parent or gaurdian did not back down. Children did not have a say in what they did.
Another character to mention would be Jim. Jim is an African American slave. Huck is confused at how he should feel about Jim. He likes Jim and does not see what is wrong with being around him. This is where society kicks in. Society says that whites and blacks should not be assocaited with each other. Huck contemplates on whether he should be friends with Jim or not based on what society says about blacks instead of Huck forming his own opinon about Jim. Huck tries to find a balance between being civilized and doing what everyone else says is right, or doing his own thing and forgetting what everyone else says he sould and should not do.
So Jim and Huck have had enough of the sisters, Miss Watson and Widow Douglas. Later in the story Jim and Huck have decided to run away together on a raft. On this great raft ride, Jim and Huck make several stops along the Misissippi River. They have an encounter with a steam boat called the Walter Scott, they meet the Grangerfords, and the King and the Duke. Huck and Jim find many adventures along the way. Each of these encounters shows a different side of society and the class of people in each chapter change along with the story.