This experience had a profound effect on Huck, as he claimed that "It made me so sick I most fell out of the tree. I ain't a going to tell all that happened" (Twain 226). Huck sees more and more people being killed as he matures and comes to be certain that he does not want to be a member of a society where people see nothing wrong in killing others for reasons that are not necessarily important.
Readers are provided with a succinct image of the world as Huck travels down the river and they mature alongside of him as they acknowledge many things that are wrong with society. Pap stands as the perfect example of the social order, considering that he initially seems that he actually wants to change but fails to do so in the end. It appears that Huck is the only individual who can really change when it comes to open-minded thinking. Society is divided and each person needs to occupy a place in order for him or her to be considered that he or she belongs. Huck, however, cannot adapt and always seems to return to his true self - an individual who appreciates freedom and values for what they truly are.
Twain is not only interested in blaming slavery or America, as he most probably intended to blame society as a whole for the immoral behavior that it promotes and accepts. The writer shows individuals who want to pose into perfect human beings that are dedicated to helping others and reveals that they are actually governed by unethical thinking. He exaggerates their character in order to readers to accept the fact that they are living in an unjust society. Even though freedom is shown throughout the book as it is understood by the other characters, true freedoms only lies in Huck's behavior and in his thinking. "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel that does not blink about all that militates to keep genuine freedom under wraps and in control" (Pinsker). The fact that Twain's contemporaries perceived the book as being inhuman makes it possible for one to understand their general understanding at the world at the time. It is not that they were not familiarized with society's wrongdoings, as they simply focused on ignoring immoralities in order to feel that they were living in a perfect world.
Twain's social order was not yet ready to accept the fact that it had been wrong in a series of ways and expressed uncertainty in regard to providing future generations with teachings that they considered to be unnatural. Through reading a book that promoted freedom, antisocial behavior, and a strong relationship between a white man and an African-American, people (and children in particular) would apparently express less interest in acting in accordance with society's legislations. This played a major role in damaging Twain's image and in shocking the U.S. concerning the fact that its immoral character was made public.
Although Huck is often shown in compromising situations, one does not need to focus on his poor attempts to integrate society. The moments when Tom laughs in regard to his friend's education are likely to influence readers in feeling sorry for him. However, his life experiences and his thinking are more important that traditional education, as his mind was untouched and as he was capable to look at life from an unprejudiced point-of-view. This is one of the principal concepts that Twain wants to relate to, especially considering that he demonstrates that Huck's intelligence and common-sense assist him in performing a series of actions that are remarkable.
It is very likely that this novel influenced a lot of individuals in changing their perspective concerning the world. Through highlighting society's imperfections it makes it possible for people to understand that true freedom is very different from how the majority of individuals perceive it. Hypocrisy is apparently one of the principal concepts keeping the world running and people seem to be reluctant to abandon it as a result of the presumably beneficial experiences that they have while using it.
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