English III: American Literature
Huck Finn Essay In the Walt Disney 2006 film adaption of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, he indirectly criticizes slavery in three different adventure stories. In the first episode, Twain critiques slavery in the river scenes by having the protagonist overcome a moral dilemma. The characters also must face illogical upper class society in the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons occurrence. Slavery is also criticized when Huck and Jim brave mindless masses of people in the Duke and the King scene. THESIS: Therefore, Mark Twain effectively periphrastically criticizes slavery within this episodic novel without offending anyone.
TS: In one of the first scenes at the river, Huck is faced with a moral dilemma in two different occasions. Lead in 1: Mark Twain criticizes slavery in this scene by having Huck Finn face the slave hunters and deal with the moral dilemma of having to turn Jim in. CD: For example in this scene Huck realizes that Jim’s desire for freedom includes Jim stealing his family if the Widow Douglas does not want to sell them. As a result he decides to turn Jim in but then realizes that doing so would mean that he would be betraying a friend. He then decides that doing the right thing is too hard and in the end he will do what feels right. CM 1: This scene is crucial in developing the idea that slavery is ultimately evil because it corrupts the individual. CM 2: It also shows that even a child with virtually no education can figure out that slavery is evil. CD: Another example that Twain uses to critique slavery is when Jim and Huck are on the raft and they begin to argue about the French language. Huck argues that” parlez-vous français” means do you speak French, while Jim argues that it is impossible that it means that for it does not make sense. They go on to verbally spar and come to the conclusion that neither is correct and conclude that just because you