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Society And The River The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain develops criticism of society by contrasting Huck and Jims life on the river to their dealings with people on land Twain uses the adventures of Huck and Jim to expose the hypocrisy racism and injustices of society Throughout the book hypocrisy of society is brought out by Hucks dealings with people Miss Watson the first character is displayed as a hypocrite by Huck Pretty soon I wanted to smoke and asked the widow to let me But she wouldnt And she took snuff too of course that was all right because she done it herself Twain 8 Huck did not understand why she does not want him to smoke That is just the way with some people They get down on a thing when they dont know nothing about it Twain 8 When Huck encounters the Grangerfords and Shepardsons he describes Colonel Grangerford as a gentleman you see He was a gentleman all over and so was his familyTwain 86 On Sunday when Huck goes to church he sees the hypocriticalism of the families The men took their guns along The Shepardsons done the same I t was pretty ornery preaching-all about brotherly love and such-like Twain 90 Huck with his anti-society attitude you would presume that he would have no problem in helping Jim Yet he fights within himself about turning over Jim to the authorities by this action within Huck shows that he must have feelings that slavery is correct so that the racial bigotry of the time may be seen This decision for Huck is monumental even though he makes it on the spot He has in a way decided to turn his back on everything that home stands for this allows us to leave our thought of bigotry behind and begin to see Jim for what he really is a man
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