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Hypocrisy as Seen Through Mark Twains Eyes Mark Twain was an American writer whose best work is characterized by humor and satire but is also known for its realism of place and language fascinating characters and strong hatred of hypocrisy He was a brilliant essayist who often wrote as outraged by the social moral and religious corruption he saw around him This outrage was reflected in his many essays novels and short stories His straightforward reportorial style of writing is one of the reasons that he is revered as well as criticized as an author to this day Some of Twains most acclaimed books were written in the 1870s and 1880s in Hartford The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876 The Prince and the Pauper 1882 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court 1889 and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1884 are some of his most commonly known works Other works of this period are Puddnhead Wilson 1894 and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc 1896 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the sequel to Tom Sawyer is considered by most to be Twains masterpiece In Huckleberry Finn the author embodies himself into several different characters to make his point He creates situations that illustrate his disapproval of certain facets of society In this novel Twain uses a lot of dialogue to convey his disgust for the cruelty of society A strong overtone of condemnation can be found in the story The situations that Huck witnesses concerning the Grangerford and the Shepherdson families define Twains views of the best and the worst of humanity The Grangerfords take Huck in and treat him like a son but only after they were about to shoot him for suspicion of being a Shepherdson The two families are killing each other but they can not remember why they are feuding When Huck asks Buck a Grangerford son why he killed a Shepherdson boy he said Why nothing - only
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