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The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Samuel L Clemens whose pen name was Mark Twain presents the evils of southern societies during the pre-Civil War period in America Clemens a well-respected author began writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1876 and after several stops and starts completed it in 1883 19 This novel revolves around the theme of slavery versus freedom and was published at a time when most southern landowners still owned slaves Huck Finn is a novel that incorporates the struggles of a young boy Huck Finn with that of a cruel careless world on his travel down the Mississippi River in attempt at finding his own identity In this essay I will present textual evidence that proves that the Seven Deadly Sins are directly associated with the types of evil in the novel making Hucks world one of violence terror and death The Seven Deadly Sins will be discussed according to their significance throughout the novel beginning with 1 Pride 2 Avarice and Sloth 3 Gluttony and Wrath and 4 Envy and Lust Clemens main character Huck Finn experiences a great deal of violence throughout the novel as a direct result of the most significant Deadly Sin Pride Hucks father Pap is a drunkard who continuously exemplifies the sin of Pride Pap finds extreme Pride in the white man with the legality of slavery An example of his Pride is seen when an inebriated Pap verbally attacks free blacks in the States He states It was lection day and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warnt too drunk to get there but when they told me there was a State in this country where theyd let a nigger vote I drawed out I says Ill never vote again 44 This statement relates Pap to the Deadly Sin of Pride because he is constantly comparing his life to that of the lives of others
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