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Huck and Twains Realization More than a century ago Mark Twain composed a piece of American literature that exposed human nature at its worst In his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain develops a plot interweaving with his criticism of society The two main characters Huck and Jim both run away from the unfair ways of society Huck is viewed as an uneducated trouble maker who is constantly under the pressure to convert to the humanized society Jim is a slave who is not even considered a real person but only as a piece of property As they run away together from civilization and travel down the Mississippi river they are faced with many flaws of society that we can still relate to today Twain also uses extreme sarcasm and humor to flavor his criticism The satire Twain uses deeply exposes hypocrisy racism and greed Throughout the novel we see hypocrisy as a major flaw of society The first character we come across with this trait is the Widow Douglas She is constantly on Hucks back and is always trying to correct Huck for his unacceptable behavior but he never understands why Pretty soon I wanted to smoke and asked the widow to let me But she wouldnt She said it was a mean practice and wasnt clean and I must try to not do it any more 12 The Widow Douglas clearly states that smoking is dirty but then Huck says And she took snuff too of course that was all right because she done it herself 12 The comments made by Huck clearly shows the Widow Douglas as a hypocrite She scolds Huck for wanting to smoke but then does snuff herself Another example of hypocrisy is when Huck encounters the Grangerfords and Sheperdsons Twain uses sarcasm to describe Colonel Grangerford as a gentleman you see He was a gentleman all over and so was his family He
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