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Throughout the Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens novel The Adventures of HuckleBerry Finn a plain and striking point of viewis expressed by the author His point of view is that of a cyniche looks upon civilized man as a merciless cowardly hypocriticalsavage without want of change nor ability to effect such changeThus one of Mark Twains main purposes in producing this workseems clear he wishes to bring to attention some of mans oftenconcealed shortcomingsWhile the examples of Mark Twains cynic commentaries on humannature can be found in great frequency all through the novelseveral examples seem to lend themselves well to a discussion ofthis sarcastic view In the beginning of the novel it would seemthat both Huck Finn and Jim are trapped in some way and wishing toescape For Huck it is the violence and tyranny of his drunkenfather Kept in a veritable prison Huck wishes desperately toescape Jim feels the need to escape after hearing that his ownerMiss Watson wishes to sell him down the river-a change in ownersthat could only be for the worse As they escape separately andrejoin by chance at an island along the river they find themselvesdrawn to get as far as possible from their home Their journey downthe river sets the stage for most of Mark Twains comments aboutman and society It is when they stop off at various towns alongthe river that various human character flaws always seem to come outExamples of this would include the happenings after the bringingon of the Duke and King These two con artists would execute themost preposterous of schemes to relieve unsuspecting townspeople oftheir cash The game of the King pretending to be a reformedmarauder-turned-missionary at the tent meeting showed that peopleare gullible and often easily led particularly when in groups andsubjected to peer pressure The execution of the Royal Nonesuchshowed another instance of people in society being subject tomanipulation The fact that after being taken by a poor show theysent rave reviews
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