Huck Finn: Appearance Versus Reality

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Many people in this world will believe in the first impression they get. The appearance people see will usually satisfy them without further investigating into the reality of a situation. The difference between appearance and reality can be quite different. This also applies to literature. There are many instances where an author will describes a character as kind, but is actually deceptive and mean. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there are characters and situations that show how appearances can differ from reality. The three main instances are the Grangerford and Shepherdson feud, through the Duke and the Dauphin, and Miss Watson. The difference between appearance and reality is easily seen through the Grangerford and Shepherdson feud.  They are two families who appear to be very classy.  Huck believes them to be noble families.  Huck shows that he believes this when he says, “There was another clan of aristocracy around there – five or six families – mostly by the name of Shepherdson.  They was as high-toned and well born and rich and grand as the tribe of Grangerfords” (142).  The two families show that this is not how they really are when they shoot at each other and try to kill one another.  Col. Grangerford is also a man who is not who he appears to be.  He is the head of the Grangerford family and in Huck’s eyes, is the perfect man.  Huck says, “COL. Grangerford was a gentleman, you see.  He was a gentleman all over; and so was his family” (140).  Huck sees a man who is kind and perfect.  The reality is that Col. Grangerford allows for the continuing slaughter of two families over a feud they don’t even remember how it started.  Col. Grangerford is actually the exact opposite of the person he appears to be.  The Grangerford faTmily is overall not who they seem to be.  They appear to be kind and thoughtful, yet they partake in the owning of slaves.  Huck finds out that the Grangerford family owns many farms with over a hundred...
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