The Great Gatsby vs. Huckleberry Finn

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The Great Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn Compare/Contrast Mark Twain, which is a pen-name for Samuel Clemens, encompasses an era in his novels. Using is famous wit and grasp of human vices, Clemens skillfully handles the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck Finn delves deep into the major issues of society in the late nineteenth century, from the discerning of wealthy and the poor to the ethics of the time (racism, primarily. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the chief writer of the Roaring Twenties, also focused a lot of his writing on society's foibles. Fitzgerald's critically acclaimed story, The Great Gatsby, also explores social issues (but this time from the 20's), giving insight on the same issues Clemens spoke about in Huckleberry Finn, though updated and rejuvenated for a new generation but just as timeless. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, although disguised as an innocent children book, is also famously known as a brilliant social commentary. Through years of impartial observation Twain found a peephole into the heart of humanity and then threw up all of this knowledge into a distorted and mocking ridicule of the immorality he saw in society. Huckleberry Finn also focuses on the apathetic attitude the citizens have about their lying and manipulating, not just the deeds themselves. The Grangerfords-Shepherdsons rivalry is an excellent example of the senseless human cruelty portrayed by Twain. Huck describes them as ‘courteous’ and ‘well-bred’; and to him they represent the wealthy upper class. The rivalry between the two families began decades before, the reason unsure after so many years, but their resentment still remains. Buck, a younger relative of the Grangerford family discusses the fight with Huck in a tone peculiarly free from judgment: “A man has a quarrel with another man, and kills him; then that other man’s brother kill him; then the other

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