The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Essay
“The most violent element in society is ignorance” -Emma Goldman. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, it is put in plain sight that ignorance is dominant in the lives of the characters. Through the irony used in Huck Finn, the reader becomes aware that ignorance is everywhere in society, Twain demonstrates this through Pap, Huck Finn, and the feud between the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons.
Hucks deformed conscience informs the reader how ignorant Huck truly is. Huck appears to be flabbergasted when Jim says that if he is not able to free his children he will have to steal them. “It most froze me to hear such talk... here was this nigger which I had as good as helped to run away, coming right out flat- footed and saying he would steal his children- children that belonged to a man I didn’t even know; a man that hadn’t ever done me no harm” (79). Huck is viewing the children as inferior blacks, Huck is defending slavery, and treating Jim as a criminal despite slavery being morally wrong. Towards the end of chapter 23 Jim expresses how much he misses his family. To Huck it seems peculiar for a black person to have all of these emotions “I do believe he cared just as much for his people as white folks do for their’n” (140). Huck once again treats Jim as property instead of the human being he is. Not only does Huck view blacks as inferior but his tosses the word “nigger” like no other. Being a young boy Huck doesn’t realize the impact of the word and how degrading it is, in this aspect Huck lacks intelligence and moral respect. Through all of the insolent remarks made towards slaves and Jim, Huck is portrayed as ignorant.
The violent absurd feud between the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons, shows how ignorance can rule a persons life. Huck is constantly asking Buck what this futile feud is all about, Huck asks how long the feud has been going on for, Buck simply...