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All great literary works contain an intricate weave of events which drive the plot and allow the author to share his own view of lifes events with the reader The masterful author Mark Twain was no exception to this rule In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn possibly his greatest masterpiece Twain takes a story of a boy who is all alone in the world and transforms a series of events that could each pass as short stories However in a masterful move Twain placed a string of social conflicts into each element of the story permitting the plot to flow keeping the reader breathtakingly involved in the story Should a more blunt statement be preferred social conflict drives the plot of the novel and allows Twain to give his own insight into Mississippi River Valley life and society In fact the social conflicts in the novel are what make it interesting to the reader The social element of the uttermost importance to the entire novel is that of Hucks dysfunctional family situation The poor boy has no mother and his father is a drunkard who comes to town upon occasion This so-called father usually resorts to beating Huck and is extremely vocal about his opinions while under the influence of alcohol Soon after the start of the story pap as Huck calls him takes Huck to a log cabin in the woods where he beats and abuses the boy This abuse and the setting up for the beginning of the majority of the adventures in the book can best be summed up in the quote But by-and-by pap got too handy with his hickry and I couldnt stand it I was all over welts He to too going away so much too and locking me in Once he locked me in and was gone three days It was dreadful lonesome I judged he had got drowned and I wasnt ever going to get out any
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