Mob Mentality In Huck Finn

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, Huck’s journey down the river with Jim helps to develop the idea of how society can affect how a person think and act a certain way. The development of an abnormal relationship between Huck, a white boy, and Jim, a slave, can be seen throughout the journey. The idea of mob mentality presented in several situations that Huck encountered on his journey further contributes to the theme. Also, the struggle between doing something that’s right versus doing something morally correct can be impacted by society as seen through Huck.
First, during the journey down the river, Huck and Jim develop a friendship that wouldn’t be considered normal in the rest of the society. Jim, as a slave, and
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n Huck found the raft after getting lost in the fog and Jim states, “ When I got all wore out wid work, en wid de callin’ for you, en went to sleep, my heart wuz mos’ broke bekase you wuz los’, en I didn' k’yer …show more content…
When with a large crowd of people, individuals tend to go with the rest of the crowd rather than to think for themselves. An example of this is when Sherburn says, “ 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” ( Twain 144). People are gullible and tend to believe anything as long as it goes with what they think is right. An example of this is when the dauphin pretends to be a reformed pirate and ask the crowd for the money and Huck states, “ Then somebody sings out, ‘ Take up a collection for him, take up a collection!’ Well, a half a dozen made a jump to do it, but somebody sings out, ‘ Let him pass the hat around!’ Then everybody said it, the preacher too” ( Twain 132). Also, the crowd were hypocritical in their belief. This can be seen when the crowd wants to kill Sherburn for killing a drunk man but also enjoy the suffering of the drunken man at the circus. An example of this is when Huck says, “ the drunk men hanging on to his neck, and his heels flying in the air every jump, and the whole crowd of people standing up shouting and laughing till tears rolled down” ( Twain

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