Hypocrisy In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Foolishness and Hypocrisy
How can someone be so dedicated to something, but be so foolish and hypocritical about another thing that is directly related? In Mark Twain 's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there are many criticisms of society during Twain 's time period. Those criticisms range from the foolishness of romanticism to racism to religion. Twain ridicules romanticism, racism and religion because of what they can do to people and to society. Many people in Huckleberry Finn 's life made exceptions when it came to their religion because of race. Twain is very judgmental of many of the institutions and situations that Huck encounters because he is confused about how these things can be justified.

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He mentions some people who were religious hypocrites, like the Grangerfords. Huckleberry stayed with the Grangerfords and they had been in a very long family feud with the Shepherdsons. "Next Sunday we all went to church...The men took their guns along" (Twain 120). The Grangerfords did not leave the house without guns because they needed to defend themselves or kill a Shepherdson if they ran into a member of the Shepherdson family. They even brought their guns to church, where they listened to a preaching about brotherly love, because they always needed to be ready to continue the feud, regardless that it was the Sabbath. Moreover, it was hypocritical of them to go to church where there was a preaching about brotherly love because of the feud that they were in. How could they listen and agree if they were fighting a battle for no reason other than not wanting to hurt their …show more content…
He strongly believed that racism was wrong and it made many people very hypocritical because most people were able to put their morals and beliefs aside and agree with society that black people were inferior to white people. He also poked fun at romantic literature and fantasies that people have through the character of Tom Sawyer. In addition, there was also criticism towards religion because religion made people see and think differently. Many believed that religious people were good people, but those good people were hypocrites and put their religion aside and still treated blacks differently and believed that blacks were inferior to them. These social institutions were criticized because people only listened to what society told them to think and do, they never tried to live the lives that they wanted to

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