The Weakest Link: Man Within Society

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The Weakest Link: Man Within Society

Lauren Owen

Mr. James
English III
12 February 2013

Mark Twain strongly believed that society brought out the worst in men. It was he who said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” (“Quotes by Teacher” 2) In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain demonstrated man’s inclination to do as society suggests. He displayed these views in his depiction of the slave hunters, who cared of no one’s well being besides their own, in the senseless bloodshed the feud between the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons brought, and in slavery, with the dehumanization of Jim. His ideas were also shown in the Royal Nonesuch, when the king and duke convinced the men who had been tricked into paying for a horrible show to likewise deceive their neighbors into coming, so they would not be the sole sufferers. Twain revealed his thoughts most clearly when he showed the changes that took place in Huck throughout the course of the novel (“Huck Finn” 1). Also, in Roughing It: Lost in a Snowstorm, another one Twain’s works, three men were caught in a snowstorm, and in fear, promised God that if He would spare their lives they would give up their greatest temptations; yet they did not keep those promises. Twain’s ideas were groundbreaking and shed much light on society’s tendency to make all men think the same.

Huck was paddling on the canoe away from Jim, who was on the raft when two men with guns stopped him. They wanted to check his raft to see if there were any black men on the raft. Huck told them he wished they would because his pap was on it and he was sick. After the men heard that his pap was on board with Huck’s mom and sister and they all had small pox they refused to go near the raft. They instructed him, “You float along down about twenty miles, and you'll come to a town on the left-hand side of the river. It will be long after sun-up then, and when you ask for help you tell them...
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