Huck Finn Hypocrisy Analysis

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What is hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one 's own behavior does not conform. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written years after the civil war, but was set and took place during the Antebellum. Religion was essential to living a healthy life because it acted as a guide and was a source of hope to many during this time period. Numerous characters within the story base there life on the ideals of Christianity and try to force it on others, but in reality they don’t practice it. Although, Huck Finn was more of a rational character with better judgement that the others. Mark Twain is known as an exceptional author who uses satire to criticize many aspects of life within his stories, …show more content…
After Huck was separated from Jim when their raft crashed into another boat, Huck found himself in the care of a family known as the Grangerfords. This family has had a very violent feud with another family known as the Shepherdsons for a long period of time. These families are believed to follow and live under the ideals of Christianity, considering them faithful just like Miss Watson. While going to church one day Huck describes his surroundings stating, “Next Sunday we all went to church...The men took their guns along, so did Buck, and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall”(Twain 83). The men were part of the Grangerford family and they brought violence into the holy house of God which is considered forbidden. This is very absurd because they brought guns to a sermon about “brotherly love,” yet they are shooting and killing others relentlessly. Alike Miss Watson, these families are also slave owners, also going against their religious beliefs. Huck observed, “The old gentleman owned a lot of farms, and over a hundred niggers”(Twain 80). Along with the violence, the family is also owning other humans as property. The families also don’t plan on stopping the killing as their solution is to play the last man standing. Buck was explaining to Huck about the family feud saying, “...a feud is this way: A man has a quarrel with another man, …show more content…
The Phelps own many slaves including Jim. Huck is once again separated from Jim and he is planning an escape plan for Jim with Tom Sawyer. The Phelps are very similar to Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas as they are faithful and believers of God. While keeping Jim locked up in an area, restricting him from equally enjoying life, Mr. Phelps joined Jim and began to pray. Huck was speaking of how Jim was talking to Tom who was asking a lot of questions about what the situation was. Huck said, “Uncle Silas come in every day or two to pray with him” (Twain 187). Even though the family is showing care for Jim, knowing he is a slave, does not make the idea of locking him up just. Throughout the novel there are many characters who consider themselves as devout and pious, but their actions don’t approve of their

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