Religion In Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is one of the greatest classical but controversial novels that have ever been written in the history of the American literature. Historically, this novel was dropped in a time where there was a movement called Realism; which was about documenting culture, nature, dialects, customs, traditions…etc back then. Despite the fact that this movement is about viewing scenes of regions, teaching lessons for social conduct, documenting and reflecting the life of the peoples, but not all the readers of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” see it that way.
The novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” talks about a young aged boy (Huckleberry Finn) who escapes the bitter and the unfair life of his society,
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Many readers claim that Mark Twain is giving a wrong portrayal about the perception of religion back then. According to Fredrik Kallin (2007) “This was a society which for Twain was shrouded in a veil of self-deception and where its partitioners preachers hypocritical and absurd religious values”. Kallin further states that this wrong perception is presented in the Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson. For example, as in the case of the Watson sisters, Kallin claims that Huckleberry Finn is aware of the religious hypocrisy due to the different representation of heaven by the Watson sisters “..I could se that there was two providences..” (21). The Watson sisters are well intentioned christians, but their thinking deceive them into thinking that slavery is acceptable and normal order. Moreover, Kallin supports his claims on the hypocritical religion when the Widow encourages Huckleberry Finn to help people; while the real people who needs help (slaves) are not counted people. Furthermore, in the smoking scene in chapter 1, the Widow Watson chastises Huckleberry Finn and declares it as unacceptable for him to smoke a cigarette; however, she smokes and she does not count it unacceptable “ because she done it herself” (6). However, I think Kellin is overthinking about the hypocrisy in religion as an embedded hypocrisy within the lines of the …show more content…
If the society know about the Bible quit good, the Watson sisters would not be spreading wrong claims and stories from the Bible. Nevertheless, besides the story of Moses (PBUH) in chapter 1, in one of the other chapters Huckleberry Finn deceives his society of his planned-death by choosing a similar plan to Joseph’s (PBUH) plan from the Holy Qur’an and the Bible; which is tearing his shirt and smudge it with a blood of a pig. The society back then was not well educated religiously; they know accurately some stories from the Bible and other stories did not reach them precisely. To conclude, Twain delivered people’s thoughts and tales back then precisely because of the occurrence of the movement of realism. He never intended to ruin the image of religion he just wanted to show the contradiction of the society from his perspective back

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