Writers often use writing to make a point or explain their opinions and beliefs. The writer Mark Twain often uses his writing to generally criticize society and human nature. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Damned Human Race, Twain stresses the hypocritical nature of humans regarding religion and treatment of those who are different.
. Humans believe that certain aspects such as religion are what separate humans from animals. But, Twain argues that religion is what makes animals above humans. Differences and discrepancies between religions have throughout history caused many conflicts, wars, and deaths making mankind seem senseless and violent. In both pieces of literature, religion and its effects on humans is discussed. In The Damned Human Race, Twain writes, “Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves.” Ms. Watson, from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a very religious character. She prays every day, goes to church regularly and insists the Huck do the same. Yet, she owns several slaves. Ironically, she devotes herself to upholding the morals of her religion while defying them at the same time.
Using his writing, Twain also points out the harsh treatment humans give each other based on factors such as origin, religion or race. Aunt Sally from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a prime example of this hypocrisy. After Huck, pretending to be Tom, tells her about a cylinder-head blowing out and killing a slave she responds, “Well it’s lucky [that nobody died]; Sharra 2...
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