And Social Hypocrisy In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn “The men took their guns along, so did Buck, and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall” (Twain 120). Imagine living in a hypocritical society in which people are unfair to one another. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry fakes his own death and runs away with Jim, in attempt to make him a free man. Along the way Huck and Jim face many types of hypocrisy on their journey. There are many depictions of racial, religious, and social hypocrisy throughout the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. For instance, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn racial hypocrisy is illustrated. Throughout the novel Huckleberry faces challenges like internal conflicts because…show more content…
Social hypocrisy is shown when Widow Douglas tries to make Huck stop smoking, “Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me. But she wouldn’t … She took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself” (Twain 12). This quote shows us that society is so corrupt that people are trying to change one another and break their habits. Widow Douglas is being a hypocrite by telling Huck that smoking is a rude practice when she does snuff herself. Another example of social hypocrisy is the characters the Duke and the King. The Duke and the King show Huckleberry and Jim how tough it is to live in the society they do. For example, Twain states, “Then he turns around, blubbering, and makes a lot of idiotic signs to the duke on his hands, and blamed if he didn’t drop a carpetbag and bust out a-crying. If they warn’t the beatenest lot, them two frauds, that ever I struck” (Twain 193). Huckleberry tells us how the King and the Duke are faking being a dead man’s brother. The way the King and the Duke are conmans, shows us that the society in which they live in has become corrupt and difficult to live in. The Duke and the King tell Huck and Jim that they are trustworthy when in reality the only thing they are after is money, this demonstrates the hypocrisy in society. To conclude, in the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and Jim encounter many forms of hypocrisy throughout their journey. Huckleberry and Jim were faced with racial, religious, and social hypocrisy, many of which still happen today. Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, parallels many racial conflicts that still happen in the world. Although Twain’s book was meant to describe past conflicts, many of these conflicts have carried on to this
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