Theme Of Greed In Huck Finn

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In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain displays an extremely unique point of view. Throughout the storyTwain seems to gift his characters with a lack of moral values. A gift it might not be, yet still thee characters have been a passion for making bad decisions. This seemingly little plot twist might not look like such a big deal, but in reality it effects the whole story line. These fictional personalities not only decide to do the wrong thing, they also are extremely selfish, greedy, and uncivilized. From the very beginning of the novel, Huck clearly states that he does not want to change his ways; “The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would civilize me…I got into my old rags and my sugar hogshead again, and…show more content…
This simply is not the case as many characters display faults in their actions. Greed is one major subject that is nearly shown in ever character throughout the story. Tom Sawyer, Pap, The King and Duke, even Buck and the Grangerfords are depicted as being greedy in the novel. Tom and his greed are overlooked in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Tom shows his strong need for adventure and fame in the scenes he takes part in. In chapter 35 we can see the greed really come out in Tom as he wants to free Jim, but whips up an unrealistic idea to get him out. It gets worse as in chapter 42 he admits to knowing Jim was free. Tom devised everything solely for his benefit to become a hero. Tom will clearly never get over his greed, now Pap might have a slightly better chance. Pap’s greed tends to focus more on power and money. After being gone for son long Pap finally returns and demands Huck for his money. Pap takes advantage of Huck all throughout the beginning of the story. He does this while satisfying his drinking habit. He believes that Huck being “his” gives him a right to take his earnings. Another example of greed through the book is found in chapter 18. Buck finds Huck and wants to shoot him. This is because he is afraid Huck will end up taking his precious time. The whole feud between the two families struggle with greed as they would rather kill one another than survive. This causes the
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