The Bible tells us that side by side with the relations of husband and wife

The bible tells us that side by side with the

This preview shows page 14 - 17 out of 17 pages.

The Bible tells us that “side by side with the relations of husband and wife, parents and children, the authority of inspiration [the Bible] puts master and
Image of page 14

Subscribe to view the full document.

14 slave”(Slavery's Champions Stood at Odds, p.393). According to many of the defenders of slavery, the latter was necessary, and subordination was, and has always been a part of society for hundred of years. The idea of slaves as an extended part of the family was another religious argument pre-bullum apologetics often resorted to to provide moral justification for their exploitive system. The concept was called the “Patriarchal Family”. The slave-owners saw slaves with as an integral part of a well-regulated household and thus essential for a just and stable social order. The inspiration for this idea came from the patriarchs of the Old Testament, whose possession of divinely sanctioned slaves was wildly celebrated by slave-owners. These patriarchs were looked upon by slave-owners as the ideal masters. Such a development would, of course, take place under the careful supervision of benevolent masters. Conclusion This essay has demonstrated that both religious and racial hypocrisy are important features of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . Twain used the novel as a tool to demonstrate to contemporary society how, years after the abolition of slavery, society was still filled with racial and religious hypocrisy. Throughout the novel, Twain illustrates the white people’s enormous capacity for evil. He also reveals how the Bible was constantly used and manipulated by evil men to defend their inhuman practices. However, Twain also demonstrates that that not all white men were evil or that everything, necessarily, was completely black or white. There existed a moral confusion. Not all the southern slave-owners in the novel are depicted as innately evil: many of them, in fact, seem genuinely goodhearted people. Owners such as the Wilks, the widow Watson and the Phelps all demonstrate a large capacity for kindness and goodness. They have, however, been manipulated by society’s doctrines and religious dogma into thinking that slavery is justifiable. This was a universal deception which transcended the boundaries of social class, politics of religion. No one was spared. Of the two forms of hypocrisy discerned here, religious hypocrisy is the more prevalent in Twain’s novel. There are more tangible examples and these examples are more important for the development of the protagonist. Throughout the novel, Huck’s conscience constantly struggles with the theft of Jim and the hypocritical religious values he has been indoctrinated with. While the examples of religious hypocrisy are more apparent, racial hypocrisy is mostly found below the surface through close reading and by reading between the lines. The two forms of hypocrisy are, however, intimately related, and it is sometimes
Image of page 15
15 difficult to establish where one begins and the other ends. The pillar of Southern slavery was after all the divinely sanctioned superiority of one race over another.
Image of page 16

Subscribe to view the full document.

Image of page 17
  • Spring '15
  • Sio

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask ( soon) You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes