Corruption In Huckleberry Finn And Into The Wild

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Kurt Cobain said that “The duty of youth is the challenge corruption.” The main characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain and Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn challenge the corruption in humanity. In the novel and the film, the protagonists are used to show how corrupt society is in their want of materialistic items. There are three main ways which are that Huck gives away his money, Alex rejects the normal way of life, and they both choose to live alone away from the grasps of civilization. In the novel Huck Finn, the author suggests that American society is corrupt through the actions of Huckleberry Finn. In the beginning, Huck gives all of his six thousand dollars to a judge because he didn’t want it anymore.…show more content…
Huck and Alex enjoy spending time in the wilderness relishing the fullness of nature. Twain describes the beauty and power of nature by writing, “Here would come a blast of wind that would bend the trees down and turn up the pale underside of the leaves…then a perfect ripper of gust would follow along and set the branches to tossing their arms” (Twain 51). The author describes the island at which Huck is staying at. Twain uses the words “blast” and “ripper” to shows how powerful nature really is. Alex and Huck like to live in the wild because they know nature is powerful and can provide for all their needs. These protagonists choose to leave society behind because they want to leave the worldly things that corrupt society behind. Huck sees his father whose life is ruined because of drinking and he wants to forge a new life. Twain wrote, “Pap he hadn’t been seen for more than a year, and that was comfortable for me; I didn’t want to see him no more” (Twain 12). The readers can see Huck’s disdain for his father. This same disdain in shown for Alex on his opinion of his parents. Alex sees his parents have their life ruined because they became too obsessed with material things just like Pap. Pap and Alex’s parents grew farther and farther apart from their children as their avarice increased. Huck and Alex leave society behind when they apprehend that nature is a sanctuary. “The river looked miles and miles across. The moon was so bright I could a counted the drift logs that went a slipping along” (Twain 36). In this quote, nature provides Huck with a path to escape his father and society which he gladly accepts. Nature provides for Alex also in that it provided him with the magic bus which he lived in. The main characters resist the corruptness of humanity by electing to live in
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