Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' Huckleberry Finn ' Essay

1053 Words Mar 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Literature is a clear lens from which to view history in its entirety. From repulsive and despairing times to eras of honor and glory, writing tells all.It gives insight into the emotional strengths and weaknesses of people living in different time periods. It tells tales of these people’s sorrows, suffers, and successes. The American classic, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is not an exception; it illustrates the lives of those living in the Mississippi River region through the eyes of a young runaway who embodies juvenile innocence. Despite severe criticism over its offensive vernacular, Huck Finn should remain in school curriculums because it offers a candid portrayal of American values and social issues in the late 1800’s.

Through Miss Watson’s example, Twain encapsulates the popular idea about what the idea of being civilized included. Morality was strongly related to religion during this time period. Being well-behaved, polite to elders, God-fearing, and tradition-bearing was a certain ticket to Heaven. Children were raised to develop almost infallible consciences, and they were taught not question the values that were being imposed on them by the intolerant people around them. However, there is a clear divide between the morals of society and the morals Huck displays. Huck rebels against becoming “sivilized” perhaps because he fears that he,too, will become rigid and close-minded if he succumbs to the majority. Later in the novel, Huck’s crisis of conscience…

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