Romanticism In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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People must bring to attention the flaws of a society if the society is faulty.
They can do this in several ways such as protesting and meeting together to voice their concerns. Another common way to bring notice to these flaws is through literature. One of the authors that has used literature in this way is Mark Twain. He wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to criticize the romanticism that he saw in his own society in the South. In this particular work, Mark Twain uses the characters of Tom Sawyer, the new judge, and Huckleberry Finn to criticize this romanticism through their actions and beliefs. The first notable character that Mark Twain uses is Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn’s childhood friend. Tom Sawyer lives his life according to the adventures that he reads about in books hoping to make his own life an adventure. He will even go out of his way in order to make this happen. This is prominent when Huckleberry Finn asks
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After dismissing the court case to get Huckleberry Finn away from his father, the new judge decides to take in Huckleberry’s father and change him. The new judge talks to him about temperance and Huckleberry’s father admits his mistake and faults stating that he is a new man. The judge responds, “There’s a hand that was a hog; but it ain’t so no more; it’s the hand of a man that’s started in on a new life, and I’ll die before he’ll go back” (Twain 20). The new judge believes whole heartedly that Huckleberry Finn’s father is a new, changed man that will never go back to his old ways. Twain shows how romanticism makes people believe that one speech can reverse a lifetime of mistakes. He criticizes that romanticism can create false hope by blinding people of the truth. This blindness will then have to be made clear when reality sets back in and reverts people to their old ways as seen with Huckleberry’s

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