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by Mark Twain

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What are 5 supported themes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain?

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1. Man vs. Society

Throughout Twain's narrative, Huck and Jim both find themselves at odds with the "sivilizing" of the society in which they live. On the raft, Jim and Huck are equals, the world seems less complicated, and there is a logic to what occurs and what happens. Once they are on land, Jim must fear recapture and a return to slavery. Likewise, Huck has the fear of his abusive Pap, a reprobate to whom the court has awarded the care of Huck.

Sheburn's speech in Chapter XXII to the lynch mob accurately depicts Twain's view of society as conspiratorial and weakly corrupt:

"Do I know you? I know you clear through. I was born and raised in the South, and I've lived in the North; so I know....The average man's a coward....Why don't your juries hang murderers? Because thy're afraid the man's friends will shoot them in the back....If any lynching's going to be done, it will be done in the dark, Southern fashion....

Time and time again, Huck is confused by the behavior of adults and the...

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