Huckleberry Finn Important Themes Chart

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Huckleberry Finn Important Themes Chart A.P. Language and Composition Topic | Idea | Passage | Education | Twain believes that… there is a difference between moral and intellectual education. Huckleberry Finn, a poor and uneducated young boy, abhors the societal “truths”, instead choosing his own views, especially regarding racism and slavery. Finn creates his own beliefs through his experiences with Jim on the raft, his own insight, and what his conscience tells him is right. Away from society, Huck makes his own decisions on the raft. Although ignorant and uneducated, Huck breaks away from the “sivilized” viewpoint and makes his own conclusions about the world around him, free from society. In contrast, Twain uses Tom Sawyer as a foil, with Sawyer’s adventurous nature being fueled through Sunday-school teaching and adventure novels. | “ ‘Don't you give me none o' your lip,’ says he. ‘You've put on considerable many frills since I been away. I'll take you down a peg before I get done with you. You're educated, too, they say—can read and write. You think you're better'n your father, now, don't you, because he can't? I'LL take it out of you. Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?—who told you you could?’ ” (chapter 5) | | | | The Role of Religion | Twain believes that… organized religion is a destructive force. He sees himself as a skeptic, and therefore uses Huckleberry Finn to demonstrate his apprehension. In the beginning, Huck ridicules the constant religious teachings of Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas. Miss Watson even tries frightened Finn into religion by telling him he will go to hell if he sins. Throughout the book, Huck displays his lack of faith in religion, amplified whenever he debates the “right” vs. the “wrong” set by society and religion. Huck struggle with sinning and letting Jim go free, or betraying

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