Social Inequality In “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn”

Social Inequality In “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn”
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Early in 19th century and after the war of 1812 the society of America was transformed profoundly. Economic and territorial expansions were rapidly witnessed. In this time the upper class in the house controlled all aspects of life including political, social and economic. The novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a piece of comparison. Huck Finn is a fictional character while Douglass is a physical being. Despite these differences, some characters and process of development are similar. Firstly, slavery is a peculiar institution. Douglas is denied formal education to prevent him from getting ideas about the injustice of slavery. Despite having a repression of independence to keep him independent and docile, his freedom both is shattered by denying him information about his parents and even his own age. This act of personal abuse makes Douglass powerless because he denied the very basic thing in life, access to education and information in so doing; he lost personal freedom and reality. Huck is also powerless because he has nobody to take care of himself. His mother is died while the further is a terrible drunkard, therefore he is left to become independent, even though this makes him able to make own decisions. Despite the abusive eye of Pap, Huck tries to bring out a life free from intruders that consisted of a judgmental society (Hurt, 2005).

In the south, agriculture was the major source of income as compared to the north. This divergent economic development created sectional difference between the north and south in terms of growth. Even though commerce was found was practiced in town along the Mississippi river.

Religion is another historical characteristic that is eminent particularly in the American phenomenon. Christianity is emphasized as a form of religious belief, which earned its place in the culture and history of America. The factors of religion, culture and social contributed to the efforts to suppress the drinking of hard liquor. For instance Huck is portrayed as a being whose spirit wants to fly freely, this is shown early in the novel where Widow Douglass tries to compel Huck to be in attires showing of a civilized individual, she does not only try to make him stop smoking but also learn the bible, eventually he does not heed any of these. It’s evident that the widow was trying to suppress use of liquor.

River Mississippi is used in the novel to bring out the social-economic life of the native America, the river is a source of water and transport to the residents along the river, a highway for individuals and goods on transit. The river gives life to the society and towns along it. Jim visualizes the river as the way to freedom in terms of legal sense. Both Jim and Huck long for Free states. Huck sees the river as one thing that carries him away from frustrations in life at St. Petersburg. He feels confined by both the society and Pap, that’s why Jim and Huck take their raft to the river when they decide that it’s time for them to move on. In this sense the river symbolizes freedom to both Huck and Jim (Woodhouse, 2009).

In conclusion even though Huckleberry Finn was written two decades after end of civil war, the south was still struggling with slavery and racism. The antebellum period was marked by the rapid expansion of territories between 1845 and 1853. There also existed two waves I terms of religion. This included the liberalism religion and evangelical revivalism (Woodhouse, 2009)

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Woodhouse, M. (2009). Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A DocumentaryVolume. The Mark Twain Annual, 7, 137–139.