Heart over Society Essay

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Since the beginning of time, mankind has had the ability to choose its own fate and how it wants to live. No one or nothing should ever violate that. In Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a fourteen year-old country boy named Huckleberry Finn is used as a prime example of rejecting civilization. Twain’s satire on the flaws of civilization, along with Huck’s constant rejection of civilization and resentment of being proven wrong, emphasizes a major theme present throughout the whole story. Human beings should never allow society to choose their way of living, but they should listen to their hearts and conscience to guide their life styles and self-morals. Mark Twain was known for his uncanny ability to use satire to its fullest capabilities. He could criticize just about any flaw in civilization in creative ways that show the reader the reality of it. In one case, Huck is experimenting with the ideas of praying for everything and with the rationality of religion. “I set down one time, back in the woods, and had a long think about it. I says to myself, if a body can get anything they pray for…” (40). During his brief moment of thought, Huck criticizes the fact that civilization is dependent on religion to solve their problems. He wonders why the people can’t just pray for everything they need fixed or resolved when the y say that it so reliable to pray. Within a short period of time, Mark Twain uses Huck to attack the blind faith that civilization has towards religion. Obviously Huck disagrees with what the majority of society believes in and decides for himself what exactly he believes in. Huck does not let the common beliefs of the civilization control his own personal beliefs, separates his self from the orthodox of society, and lets his own self choose what he will accept and reject. Another attack on civilization’s flaws by Mark Twain is that of

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