Huckleberry Finn

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Transcendentalism is about connecting with nature. Mark Twain influences these aspects of transcendentalism with his masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. However in today's society students and teachers view the novel as being obscene. Which is because society is ruling their lives. Their view The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain as a racist novel but they miss the transcendental aspects of it such as the society of the time, Huck’s beliefs and Huck’s actions.

Much like how society influences views on the novel, society influences huck throughout the novel. The timezone of the book is before the American Civil War. The way of life was based on slaves in the south, and the start of Industrial Revolution in the north. The country had just started to split between free slave states and slave states. The class system much like today was based off of material possessions. It went rich, middle class, poor working class, poor white trash, and slaves . Huck’s father was in the poor white trash area. Who was racist against the african americans because they were going to pass him in social class. Such as “ ‘I ain’t never in my life been beholding to no nigger’ says finn” (Clinch 37). As far as Pap was concerned the african americans had no right to take the power he had away. Here is the world Huck lives in. He has influences from his father, and from his adopted parents Miss Watson and Widow Douglas. Huck was satisfied with what he has, and does not want to reform the way Miss Watson and Widow Douglas wants him to. They want Huck to be proper and have a high society life. As well as to be proper was to be well educated and have fancy material possessions. “ I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead ag...

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...eals and thoughts that were ahead of his time. Huckleberry finn as a whole can teach today’s that society is good, but don't let it rule our live. Not to be influenced so much by society that you can not think for yourself which in today’s society has lost. Also that you don't need material items to be happy, happiness is what you make of it and can not be bought. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a true example of Transcendentalism.

Works Cited

Jon Clinch, Finn, Randon house Nae network

Twain Mark, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Perfection Form Company, 1979 Print

Brian Braiter, “Latest word from Huck Finn”, Nightime line Jan 4,2011

Fishskinn Shelly “Take the new word out of ‘Huck Finn’ its an insult to Mark Twain and to American history,, Wednesday Jan 5, 2011

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