The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

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Unjust Justice
Post-Civil War novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, begins in Hannibal, Missouri, and continues south down the Mississippi River; throughout this American fiction adventure story, the reader develops a sense of the justice system and early punishments during the late 1800’s, which in comparison to present day have changed considerably. Punishments in the justice system are “[Rules created for] the infliction… of a penalty as retribution for an offence (Oxford Dictionary)... established by the government to control crime and impose penalties for those who violate laws” (“The Criminal” 1). As a civilization begins to develop and evolve, the rules, standards, and punishments of each specific society adapt to fit the needs of the people; the early American punishments of the justice system during Huck Finn’s time period are eminently contradistinctive to those of present day America. Early American punishments are a prominent point through the entirety of the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Twain clearly depicts the justice system of early America through the illustration of retribution in the young and old, criminal and innocent, murderers and conmen.
Tarring and feathering was a common practice throughout early America, and there were no legal consequences enforced by the justice system unto the townspeople who conducted this ritual. “The practice of tarring and feathering... [became] a kind of folk ritual… and…

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