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By examining the Weltanschauung of Mark Twain in his classic novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the reader can better understand his personal philosophy Twain uses humor and sarcasm to make social comments and elucidate his beliefs of American society in the South In his novel Twain comments through Huckleberry Finn on humans being innately good or evil the nature of God and organized religion mans responsibility to his fellow man and the effectiveness of social institutions Looking at the actions and beliefs of people other than Huckleberry Finn Twain presents his belief that man is innately evil By promoting the evil and dehumanizing institution of slavery southerners embrace a practice that promotes racial inequality and oppression Widow Douglas although she means well in adopting Huck attempts to make Huck conform to her upper class ways by trying to sivilize him In attempting to sivilize Huck Widow Douglas makes Huck learn and go to school adopt gentlemanly ways although she forbids Huck to smoke she takes snuff herself like wearing nice stiff clothes rather than Hucks comfortable rags and shed his affinity for nature and the outdoors Man has no right to force another man to conform to anothers standards Hucks father also represents mans innate evil Hucks father does not want his son to grow up better than his father therefore Hucks father bullies Huck from going to school makes multiple attempts to obtain control over Hucks monetary assets and eventually abducts Huck from Widow Douglass Through the conniving and shrewd plots of the duke and the king they generate for themselves large amounts of money by leeching off the gullibility and stupidity of the average man Their comical plots which include Shakespearian plays revival meetings and the Peter Wilks scandal once again demonstrate mans capacity for evil Although the reader views Huck as a helpful character who has a healthy conscience the reader cannot overlook the fact that evil may also reside within Huck
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