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More than a century ago Mark Twain probably composed the single-most important piece of American Literature to ever be composed This work widely known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn essentially follows young Huck on a series of adventures and experiences with his close friend and runaway slave Jim as they both escape societys burdens The novel in a sense encompasses everything good bad and in between about and concerning the society of that time A majority of the novel takes place along the Mississippi river with Young Huck and Jim each striving to attain a common goal freedom from the woes of society In their journey they come across many different people and encounter many strange and new experiences that all relate to a common theme that is evident throughout the novel As their journey progresses the reader witnesses many horrific and surprising acts all performed by none other than man himself Looking deeper into the symbolistic meaning of many of these passages reveals that man in essence is cruel silly and hypocritical in nature Through his writing it becomes apparent that Twain supports the thematic idea of the human race being hypocritical For instance take the scene in Chapter 20 where a group of people in Arkansas are listening to the sermon of a preacher In this descriptive passage it can be inferred through Twains writing that the average person of this time was in fact blinded by religious influences The significance of this event can be observed later on in Chapter 21 where Twain describes the horrific abuse of animals There couldnt anything wake them up all over and make them happy all over like a dog-fight--unless it might be putting turpentine on a stray dog and setting fire to him Twain 140 In putting the two preceding passages in perspective a distinctive irony becomes visible The same type of individuals whom practice religion in good faith turn
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