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An Analysis of the Themes of Appearance vs. Reality, the Corruption and Materialism of Humans, and the Importance of Compassion in Two American Classic Novels: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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A Look on American Classics As Huck Finn travels down the Mississippi River he stumbles upon some people that are new to him Scout rediscovers many of her fellow students and close neighbors and she must endure the horrors of mans feelings and stereotypes There are many things she does not understand or is not meant to Despite this she seems to see through the cloud of deception wrought by her antediluvian elders with the lantern of a pure compassionate child Three major themes that Mark Twain and Harper Lee explore in Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird are appearance versus reality the corruption and materialism of humans and the importance of compassion Many people have secrets Huck Finn has many encounters with the dangerous fruit of secrets Huck fools Jim many times and tricks him into thinking You couldnt a got drunk in that time so of course youve been dreaming 84 When in reality he wasnt dreaming and there really was fog After he started to terperet 84 it felt like he was trying to make his life easier by making up an explanation for things he doesnt understand As Huck is trying to free Jim under the guise of Tom Sawyer the real Tom Sawyer says Ill help you steal him226 despite his image of Negro indifference It comes to show you that people arent always what they seem People also try to get things they want through deception Huck and company trick the little slave boy into thinking Its de dad-blame witches 237 They also find out later that the Old man with a baldhead and whiskers 120 the King looked quite humble but was in fact very corrupt In To Kill a Mockingbird many people are not what they appear They live two lives one that everyone sees and one that they keep deep down and concealed Mr Cunningham first appeared to be a lowly unkempt
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