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Throughout the Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens novel The Adventures of HuckleBerry Finn a plain and striking point of view is expressed by the author His point of view is that of a cynic he looks upon civilized man as a merciless cowardly hypocritical savage without want of change nor ability to effect such change Thus one of Mark Twains main purposes in producing this work seems clear he wishes to bring to attention some of mans often concealed shortcomings While the examples of Mark Twains cynic commentaries on human nature can be found in great frequency all through the novel several examples seem to lend themselves well to a discussion of this sarcastic view In the beginning of the novel it would seem thatboth Huck Finn and Jim are trapped in some way and wishing to escape For Huck it is the violence and tyranny of his drunken father Kept in a veritable prison Huck wishes desperately to escape Jim feels the need to escape after hearing that his owner Miss Watson wishes to sell him down the river-a change in owners that could only be for the worse As they escape separately and rejoin by chance at an island along the river they find themselves drawn to get as far as possible from their home Their journey down the river sets the stage for most of Mark Twains comments about man and society It is when they stop off at various towns along the river that various human character flaws always seem to come out Examples of this would include the happenings after the bringing on of the Duke and King These two con artists would execute the most preposterous of schemes to relieve unsuspecting townspeople of their cash The game of the King pretending to be a reformed marauder-turned-missionary at the tent meeting showed that people are gullible and often easily led particularly when in groups and subjected to peer pressure The
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