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An Overview of the Shock Therapy for the Americans in the Novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Shock Therapy for Americans You are Huck and he is no HeroIn the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn author Mark Twain commentson the ills of postbellum Southern society through his development of the characterHuckleberry Finn and his relationship with Jim a runaway slave The two charactersboth run from injustices and are distrustful of the society around them Huck is anuneducated backwoods boy on the run from his abusive father constantly under pressureto conform to the civilized surroundings of society Jim is a slave and so is notconsidered a person but property He is trying to escape to the North where he willpurchase his familys freedom when Huck stumbles upon him on Jackson Island anddecides to help him In doing so Twain is setting the stage for Huck to be the hero of thenovel He does this for specific reasons One of which is he draws us into the story morewith each chapter so that the unexpected ending where Huck does not turn out to be thehero makes us question why Twain would employ such an ending The surprise endingquells all support that Huck is the hero of the novel It is obvious he is not and that thestory actually lacks a genuine hero In relation to this Huck could be seen asrepresentation of Southern society and its evolution throughout and beyond the era ofslavery Twain does not end the novel in the predictable manner we would think hewould in order to show by example how such a story would really have ended during andTwain wants us to believe that Huck and Jim become friends purely because ofcoincidence This is evident the first time Huck and Jim meet and in the manner inwhich Twain develops their relationship for the majority of the novel Huck is alwaysstruggling with his conscience over whether or not helping Jim is just After much timetogether Huck begins to truly love Jim as a person and so cannot just turn him
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