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This Essay Explores And Explains Three Major Themes That Connect In Both "To Kill A Mockinbird" By Harper Lee And "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn" By Mark Twain.

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Have you ever looked around, just to see how much compassion people have? Have you ever taken a minute to think about how much courage it takes, just to do the little things in life? Have you ever looked around and wondered why there is so much cruelty in the world today? These are three major aspects of our life today. The three major themes that Mark Twain and Harper Lee explore in Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird are Cruelty, Courage, and Compassion.Cruelty is one of the major themes in Huckleberry Finn. Huck's dad abuses him. When Huck's dad was drunk he went around saying "Tramp-tramp-tramp-tramp; that's the dead; tramp-tramp-tramp; they're coming after me; but I wont go. Oh, they're here! Don't touch me-don't! Hands off- they're cold; let go. OH, let a poor devil alone!" (29). After reciting this Huck's dad began to chase him around with a clasp-knife calling him the Angel of Death, saying he would Kill Huck. On Huck and Jim's journey up the river a steamboat came. The boat didn't see Huck and Jim so it forced them off the raft and Huck was "treading water" (95). As they go on the river they stop at a river and Huck met the Grangerford's. That night Huck discovers that Baldy Sheperdson came up behind Buck Grangerford and killed him when Buck didn't have a weapon. The Sheperdson's and the Grangerford's have been fighting and killing each other for the last 30 years. None of them know the reason they are killing each other. When they meet the King and the Duke they realize these two people were frauds. They couldn't do anything about it though or they would turn Jim in. The king and the Duke advertised a play and had it cost $.50. The play provided great laughs but when the curtain closed after only a few the crowed roared. "What, is it over? Is that all?" (152). Huck and Jim turn the Kind and the Duke in as frauds and to get back at them the Kind turned Jim in. As Huck and Tom go on to try and rescue Jim back, Tom invents many difficulties and unnecessary ideas. When Tom brought up the thought of sawing Jims leg off, Huck replies; "Good land! What would you want to saw off his leg for?" (240) Tom replied by saying, "well, some of the best authorities have done it. They couldn't get the chain off, so they just cut their hand off and shoved. And a leg would be better still. But we got to let that go. There aren't necessity enough in this case; and besides, Jim's a nigger, and wouldn't understand the reasons for it, and how it's the custom in Europe, so we'll let it go" (240).Cruelty is also another major theme that Harper Lee explored in To Kill a Mockingbird. When Mrs. Caroline try's to make Burris Ewell sit down he replies, "You try and make me Missus" (27). When Mrs. Caroline told Burris to go home to prevent further disruption Burris replied, "Report and be damned to ye! Aren't no snot-nosed slut of a schoolteacher ever born can make me do nothing'! You aren't making me go nowhere missus. You just remember that you aren't making...

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