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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Are humans naturally good, or evil? Many people argue both ways. It has been argued for centuries, and many authors have written about it. One example of this is Samuel Clemens's, more commonly known as Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The book follows a young boy, named Huckleberry, and a runaway slave, named Jim, as they both run away. Huck runs away to escape being civilized, while Jim runs away from slavery. Together, they talk about life, philosophy, and friends. As they travel down the Mississippi River, both Huck and Jim learn various life lessons. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck witnesses the depravity of human nature on his journey on the Mississippi River.
Huck witnesses the depravity of human nature when experiences the feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons. After Huck and Jim get split up on the Mississippi River, Huck spends some time living on the Grangerford’s estate. He befriends a Grangerford named Buck, and the two of them spend a lot of time together. Buck explains that the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons have been feuding for years, although no one quite remember why. Huck does not understand the point of a feud. Buck goes on and explains, “A feud is this way: A man has a quarrel with another man, and kills him; then that other man's brother kills him; then the other brothers, on both sides, goes for one another; then the cousins chip in -- and by and by everybody's killed off, and there ain't no more feud. But it's kind of slow, and takes a long time” (Twain 107). Huck cannot comprehend the point of a feud, especially since in this case Buck cannot pinpoint the cause of the feud. Later, Buck died from gunshots from the guns of the Shepherdsons. Huck is devastat...

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...rced to watch mourning people be taken advantage of, and not be able to do anything about it. This upsets Hucks, and shows him how depraved human nature is for material gains.
On Huckleberry Finn’s adventure on the Mississippi, Huck sees the depravity of human nature in various circumstances. He first sees it when he goes to the Grangerfords, and sees a good friend murdered over a pointless feud. Later, he witnesses it when he goes to Pikesville. He watches the King take advantage of good people because he is greedy. Lastly, he notices it at the Wilks’s estate, when he sees the King and Duke steal money, while at the same time not being able to do anything about it. Therefore, according to Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, human nature is naturally bad.

Works Cited

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Bantam Dell, 1884. Print.
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