The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Response #1 The book begins with a scene of Mrs. Watson attempting to “civilize” Huck much to his disliking. This sets up the first theme which is the hypocrisy of “civilized” society. That theme is solidified even more when Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer start a gang. The gang has rules and the members take an oath. They take all the steps necessary in order to make it “official”. This mirrors the way certain societies force rules upon anyone who wishes to be part of their social circle. However, the rules will fall apart when just one chooses to disobey them. In Huck and Tom’s gang when a boy threatened to expose the gang’s secret, Huck did not follow the oath and kill the boy’s family but instead offered him a simple bribe. This clearly shows one example of the hypocrisy of “civilized society”. Even though members of certain societies may stress the importance of the rules to others, they do not consider it a big deal when they break the rules. Response #2 Twain continues to add on to the hypocrisy of society theme in the next chapters, but he uses many different examples. The ...
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