Adventures Of Huck Finn
In Mark Twain\'s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain develops the
plot into Huck and Jim\'s adventures allowing him to weave in his criticism of
society. The two main characters, Huck and Jim, both run from social injustice
and both are distrustful of the civilization around them. Huck is considered an
uneducated backwards boy, constantly under pressure to conform to the
"humanized" surroundings of society. Jim a slave, is not even
considered as a real person, but as property. As they run from civilization and
are on the river, they ponder the social injustices forced upon them when they
are on land. These social injustices are even more evident when Huck and Jim
have to make landfall, and this provides Twain with the chance to satirize the
socially correct injustices that Huck and Jim encounter on land. The satire that

Twain uses to expose the hypocrisy, racism, greed and injustice of society
develops along with the adventures that Huck and Jim have. The ugly reflection
of society we see should make us question the world we live in, and only the
journey down the river provides us with that chance. Throughout the book we see
the hypocrisy of society. The first character we come across with that trait is

Miss Watson. Miss Watson constantly corrects Huck for his unacceptable behavior,
but Huck doesn\'t understand why, "That is just the way with some people.

They get down on a thing when they don\'t know nothing about it" (2). Later
when Miss Watson tries to teach Huck about Heaven, he decides against trying to
go there, "...she was going to live so as to go the good place. Well, I
couldn\'t see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I
wouldn\'t try for it." (3) The comments made by Huck clearly show Miss

Watson as a hypocrite, scolding Huck for wanting to smoke and then using snuff
herself and firmly believing that she would be in heaven. When Huck encounters
the Grangerfords and Shepardsons, Huck describes Colonel Grangerford as,
"...a gentleman, you see. He was a gentleman all over; and so was his
family. He was well born, as the saying is, and that\'s worth as much in a man as
it is in a horse..." (104). You can almost hear the sarcasm from Twain in

Huck\'s description of Colonel Grangerford. Later Huck is becoming aware of the
hypocrisy of the family and its feud with the Shepardsons when Huck attends
church. He is amazed that while the minister preaches about brotherly love both
the Grangerfords and Shepardsons are carrying weapons. Finally when the feud
erupts into a gunfight, Huck sits in a tree, disgusted by the waste and cruelty
of the feud, "It made me so sick I most fell out of the tree...I wished I
hadn\'t ever come ashore that night to see such things." Nowhere else is

Twain\'s voice heard more clearly than as a mob gathers at the house of Colonel

Sherburn to lynch him. Here we hear the full force of Twain\'s thoughts on the
hypocrisy an cowardice of society, "The idea of you lynching anybody! It\'s
amusing. The idea of you thinking you had pluck enough to lynch a man!...The
pitifulest thing out is a mob; that\'s what an army is- a mob; they don\'t fight
with courage that\'s born in them, but with courage that\'s borrowed from their
mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any man at the head of it is
beneath pitifulness" (146-147). Each of these examples finds Huck again
running to freedom of the river. The river never cares how saintly you are, how
rich you are, or what society thinks you are. The river allows Huck the one
thing that Huck wants to be, and that is Huck. The river is freedom than the
land is oppression, and that oppression is no more evident than it is to Jim. It
is somewhat surprising that Huck\'s traveling companion is Jim. As anti-society
that Huck is, you would think that he would have no qualms about helping Jim.

But Huck has to have feelings that slavery is correct so we can see the
ignorance of racial bigotry. Huck and Jim\'s journey begins as Huck fights within
himself about turning Jim over to the authorities. Finally he decides not to
turn Jim in. This is a monumental decision for Huck to make, even though he
makes it on the spot. This is not just a boy running away from home. It is
someone who has decided to turn