Theme Of Alienation In Huck Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is about a 14 year old boy who lives on the shores of the Mississippi River. He has no mother, but a drunken father, so Widow Douglas, a wealthy and civilized widow, adopts him and decides to teach him the civilized ways of the white society. Doubtful becomes Huck on the subject of having to act civilized and learning religion as he develops a desire to become free. Intelligently, Twain portrays Huck as an adventurous and curious boy who shows a growing alienation from society on his quest for freedom, exploring how society can act nonsensical, gullible, and very caring. The Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons, two Southerner families who have great hospitality and are aristocrats who show off their wealth of paintings and slaves, have much valor while fighting, and have good education. Feuding for a long time, these families were, as they ultimately wanted to kill each other. Nonsensical seems the feud as no one cares to find out why it started and the people, acting very irrationally, do not end the feud. When …show more content…

When the duke and king, people who are frauds, hear about this, they take a chance to dupe these people. Harvey and William, brothers of the dead Peter Wilks, they become by disguising themselves and tell the Wilks family their stories of Mary Jane’s father and eventually Mary hands over the money from the will of her father. Suspecting the doctor becomes and decides to run tests to know the truth about them. Yet duke and king escape before being caught for fraud. Huck feels very guilty for duke and king’s actions and gets hold of the money to hide it. After hiding he tells Mary about who these “William and Harvey brothers” really are and where he hid the money. “I was your father’s friend, and I’m your friend…”,(Pg 180). This shows an example of how duke and king are convincing the family that they really are not

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