Freedom In Huck Finn Analysis

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Civilization expects people to fit into their expectations. The norm for civilization is what is socially acceptable behavior and that includes not murdering anybody when they make someone angry or burping at the dinner table. Freedom, on the other hand, allows people to do whatever it is that makes them feels free. Freedom is different for everybody. Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, there is a strong attempt on the part of those who are important in white society to get Huck to conform to certain standards or to attain traits of a civilized person. Huck rejects civilization because he sees that civilization is hypocritical and confining.Therefore, this is why Huck says away from civilization and pursues his freedom. In Huck 's mind, civilization means…show more content…
This is portrayed when Huck said, “Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and ask the widow to let me. But she wouldn’t. She said it was a mean practice it wasn 't clean, and I must try not to do it anymore… And she took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself" (Page 2). The widow is hypocritical because she told Huck not to smoke because “it was a mean practice” yet she chews tobacco. “ I knowed it was the king and the duke, though they was all over tar and feathers, and didn’t look like nothing in the world that was human,… Human beings can be awful cruel to one another" (Page 230). Huck sees how cruel people are to other human beings. The people who tarred and feathered the king and the duke did not feel guilty. Huck felt guilty because he said, “as I was before, but kind of ornery, and humble, and to blame, somehow—though I hadn 't done anything” (Page 231). Huck felt guilty for something he did not do because he felt like they would not have died if he got there in time to warn them of the mob. Mark Twain uses social satires to show how civilization turns a blind eye to their own
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