The Adventure Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Tawin

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The Southern SocietyAmerican authors tended to write about life in their times and culture. Mark Twain lived in the 1800's and witnessed the Civil War era. He used the plot of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to reveal the truths about life in the South during the pre Civil War time period. He asserted his opinions on human values such as ignorance and racism and showed his ridiculing views on religion and government institutions. Twain obviously was dissatisfied with the overall ethics of humanity and cleverly viewed on Southern Culture during the Reconstruction Era. The novel depicts the Southern culture with injustice of slavery, the hypocrisy of civilized society, and the society in general as ignorant and cruel.Many southerners had never perceived slavery as anything but a natural part of life. The seemingly "good" white people such as Miss Watson and Sally Phelps expressed no concern about the injustice of slavery or the cruelty of separating Jim from his family. When Huck reported only a nigger was killed from the blown of cylinder head, Aunt Sally replied "it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt"(p.167) showing that she disregarded niggers as human. In the Southern culture, if there were any way to blame a black man for a crime, the people would do it. "Some think old Finn done it himself... But before night they changed around and judged it was done by a runaway nigger named Jim."(p.42) Many people blamed Jim for "killing" Huck only because he ran away and he was black. In addition, Huckleberry joined in the common belief that blacks were less intelligent than whites. When Jim "...judged it was all up with him anyway it could be fixed; for if he didn't get saved he would get drownded; and if he did get saved, whoever saved him would send him back home so as to get the reward, and then Miss Watson would sell him South, sure. Well, he was right; he was most always right; he had an uncommon level head for a nigger."(p.57) Huck seemed astonished that Jim had such a "level head" since the blacks were not meant to be smart nor were they considered average. They were indeed, considered by the general Southern population as sub-human creatures without feelings, only a piece of property to be bought and sold.Throughout the novel, the society that surrounded Huck was little more than a collection of degraded rules and precepts that defy logic. At the beginning of the novel, the new judge in town allowed Pap to keep custody of Huck. The judge privileged Pap's "rights" to his son as his natural father over Huck's welfare. When Huck got separated from Jim, the Grangerfords housed him. Col Grangerford was a classic Southern gentleman with a kind heart. However, the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons were hypocrites who would take their guns along to the church and listen to prayers of brotherly love. Yet, the two typical Southern aristocrats' value for family honor brought them years of feud and cost lives of many. The shaky sense of justice...

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