The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, By Mark Twain And The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid, By Bill Bryson

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The definition of a civilized society is a polite humane culture. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, both authors prove that the American uncivilized our society is. They explain that an adult’s attempt to civilize children is what makes society uncivilized because it makes children biased to the rules of society. Bryson and Twain express their beliefs on the American experience is an uncivilized society and adults degrade the values that children contains.
Bryson and Twain believe that part of the American experience is the innocence children contain, making them more open-minded to new experiences. When Bryson states, “Life in the kid’s world, wherever you went, was unsupervised, reregulated, and robustly physical, and yet it was a remarkably peaceful place” (Bryson 37). Bryson is describing how children were allowed to roam wherever they desired. They had no authority that supervised their every move. The only rules they had, were the ones they created, and this allows them to live in a serene place. Bryson is suggesting that many of the complications in society are brought on by an adult’s complex knowledge. The limited knowledge that kid’s have on society allows them to live in a peaceful place because they are not yet introduced to all the bad in the world and always see the good. Bryson shows how innocent kids are when he says, “As he reached out to open the door, bolts of electricity flew from my wildly dilated eyes and played over his body. He shimmered for an instant…and was gone. It was the birth of Thunder Vision” (Bryson 59). Bryson shows how innocent he was as a kid through his imagination. As a child he created Thunderbolt Kid who uses his special powers to make people that he dislikes disappear. By using Thunderbolt Kid to vanish people, Bryson starts showing qualities of many adults. Adults approach the people they abhor or disapprove of. Bryson uses an innocent approach with his imagination, this allows him to take out his frustration and pass time, like many other kids. Twain also shares the idea that children are innocent. When Huck says, “We was all glad as we could be, but Tom was the gladdest of all because he had a bullet in the calf of his leg” (Twain 247). Twain shows the innocence of children through Tom’s irrationality. Tom is just a kid who wants to have fun he never thinks about the consequences that his actions could induce. Children are not apprehensive to dangers of the world making them oblivious that there are consequences of their actions. When Huck says, "All right, then, I'll GO to hell" – and tore it up” (Twain 193). Huck displays a childlike temperament after Huck concludes to a crucial decision: to follow the society’s rules and assent to everything he’s been taught, or to adhere to his morals and do what he believes is right. By making light of this situation, Huck shows a more innocent side to his personality.
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