Huck Finn and Reflections on the Past
In the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, the main protagonist Huck Finn learns many lessons throughout the book including the lessons of karma and hypocrisy. He quickly learns to reflect on these lessons and learns to use them in his society. One instance in particular where Huck gains knowledge based on events is with the duke and the king. Huckleberry realizes that the world is hypocritical for both white and black folks alike. Not only that, but he realizes the big picture that no one is perfect and that everyone will judge others based on aspects of them that do not match their own.
One of the first instances where Huck learns a very important lesson is when Jim, the duke, the king and him are part of those play re-enactments that cause them to get chased out of the town. After the first day of showing it is noticeable that people are displeased with the performance. They complain how short it was “and rose up mad, and was agoing for the stage and them tragedians.”(164) The duke shrugs it off and leisurely claims that they should “sell out the rest of the town! Then [they’ll] all be in the same boat.” (164) When everyone left, the “next day you couldn’t hear nothing around that town but how splendid that show was.”(164) They had sold out their fellow companions and when the “house was jammed again, that night, [they] sold [that] crowd the same way.”(164) On the third night when they had expected new people to sell out, they didn’t see anyone new, only worn out face from the two days before. Huck realizes that “every man that went in had his pockets bulging, or something muffled up under his coat”(164) When the duke and them make their escape Huck later talks to Jim about the duke and the king about how the con-men were risking both of their hides and the duke and kings. Huck learned from this that even though he previously knew that they were con men that they were in more...
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