Mark Twain Hypocrisy Of Society

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Throughout the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the characters experience situations that reflect the time period of 1885. The main character Huck experiences many internal conflicts with his own conscience and what society has taught him regarding slaves which twain resembles throughout the book. Twain uses irony to communicate his own values and views towards society. Twain comments on the hypocrisy of society at the time through his ironic portrayal of Jim and Pap. “He chased me round and round the place, with a clasp-knife, calling me the angel of death and saying he would kill me and then I couldn’t come for him no more” (Twain 29). It is ironic for Pap to call Huck the angel of death when in reality, he is the one that tries to kill Huck. Mark Twain reveals the hypocrisy in society by illustrating how people are always blaming others for a problem, when they themselves are doing it as well. He also uses the same idea with Jim. “Jim said he reckoned I would believe him next time. And he said that handling a snake-skin was such awful bad luck that maybe we hadn’t got to the end of it yet” (Twain 53). Jim blaming the snake bite on bad luck is ironic because the audience knows that Huck is the reason why the snake bit Jim. Twain demonstrates how society is quick to blame other things instead of focusing on what really happened. The idea of blaming others connects to how society perceives slavery. During that time period, people were just blindly
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