Essay on Twain´s Huckleberry Finn: Civilization versus Natural World

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Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn compares and contrasts the benefits and consequences of living in civilization versus living in the natural world, in the absence of a structured society (Gaither par.9). Twain portrays his preference for the natural world through its beneficial effects on the main character, Huckleberry Finn. Twain uses his story Huckleberry Finn to portray the simplicity of a life led without the constraining rules, regulations, and customs of modern society. He does this by allowing Huck’s life to face less difficulty, and gain moral and practical understanding when he is free from the strains of society and its backward ideals. Twain allows the natural world to foster Huck’s moral and ethical development by allowing him to …show more content…
This is an example of the oppressive environment that society provides, Huck simply wanted to understand and Miss Watson failed to teach him the true meaning of prayer, instead she expected that he should be able to attain her understanding without her help, as society often does. Twain emphasizes his preference for the natural world by depicting the chaos associated with a civilized society ( Morrison pg.3). Anytime Huck and Jim come into contact with society they find that it is flawed in that it brings much unwanted chaos to their lives, and complicates matters unknown in the natural world (Morrison pg.3). An example of this is when Huck and Jim come up to a nearby town and run into the “King” and the “Duke”, two bandits who are in desperate need of two innocent individuals who can get them out of town before its inhabitants catch them. The two bandits then decide to accompany Huck and Jim, unwanted of course, and mooch off of them and cause them trouble in every town they visit. Wherever the bandits are there is trouble to be found. An example of this is when Huck, Jim, the “King” and the “Duke” enter a nearby town to pose as royal actors in order to swindle the money of the townspeople. While in this town the people are not coming to the show so the bandits decide to lure in more people by making the show appear more risky than it really is by printing that no women or

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