Racial Hypocrisy In Mark Twain

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As, Abraham Lincoln said: “When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” Mark Twain, in his book continually criticizes the cruelty of human beings. One of the main themes that Mark Twain worked in his novel was the cruelty involved with Slavery. The life of a slave depicts that human beings are not always as benevolent as they appear to be. Twain in this novel exhibits the perfidious ways of slavery in America by ridiculing slavery’s outlandish ways. Satire is once again used to portray slavery in this novel. For instances, Huck’s father Pap should have been protecting Huck instead of being drunk and abusing Huck. On the other hand, Jim who was a negro slave has more compassion and consideration towards Huck. This shows the foolishness of slavery. Because of Slavery prevalent in that period of time, the slaves were considered to be “mere property” without any emotions or personalities. For example, Jim was initially known to be a property of Miss Watson. He was even sold to another family .When Huck talks to Aunt Sally about a supposed explosion, Twain describes the white South’s regard to…show more content…
RACIAL HYPOCRISY IN THE NOVEL Racial Hypocrisy is one of the most important themes that Mark Twain talked in this novel. Hypocrisy is defined as “a pretence of having virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.” Huck’s father is one of the most remarkable examples of the hypocrisy in the novel. He is an abusive, racist and drunk father. MARK TWAIN’S MORAL CONFUSION IN THE NOVEL Mark Twain’s novel, ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ is full of moral confusion. Good “white” people such as Aunt Sally, Miss Watson, have little or no treatment in the injustice and cruel treatment meted out to the blacks. They were otherwise shown as kind and compassionate persons. Thus, the hypocrisy of slavery seems to corrupt not only the oppressed but also the
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