endeavour fails miserably and the judges final judgement on Hucks father is

Endeavour fails miserably and the judges final

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endeavour fails miserably and the judge’s final judgement on Huck’s father is that the only way he will ever reform is by means of a “shotgun”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.39). Another example of Huck’s father’s alleged superiority in the novel is in chapter 6 when he observes his father in one of his numerous drunken racist rants. He starts off by raving about the inferiority of a black college professor before proceeding with a murder attempt on Huck. The hypocrisy that such a fundamentally flawed person as Huck’s father, because of the colour of his skin, be considered superior to a well-meaning, kind-hearted person black person like Jim, demonstrates the flaws of the reasoning about the “whole” man’s claimed superiority. Out of all the adult characters in the novel Jim the slave is the most genuinely “whole” of them all. Twain satirises this in the novel by drawing parallels between Jim and other adult characters like Huck’s father. In chapter 9, Jim symbolically replaces Huck senior as Huck’s father figure. When Jim and Huck stumble upon the dead body of Huck’s father, Jim shields Huck from this fact by telling him not to look at the dead man’s face because it looks “too gashly” ( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.86). He does this to protect Huck from the pain of having to see his murdered father. In doing this, Jim shows Huck more kindness and affection than his real father ever did. This act of Jim’s causes him to symbolically replace Huck senior as Huck’s father figure. Throughout the novel Jim also demonstrates his fatherly qualities by, among other things, giving Huck “fatherly” advices, instilling him with his wisdom. Another example of the hypocrisy of the whole man is the cold-blooded murder of the drunkard Boggs by the aristocrat Colonel Sherburn. Boggs is an old man who, once a month, and when drunk, rides down to town and delivers empty threats to anyone and everyone he meets. However, while he may seem mean-spirited he is, as the townspeople observe: “the best natured-est old fool in Arkansaw”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.239), and a person who would “never hurt nobody, drunk nor sober.”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, p.239) When Boggs rides into the small town and starts hurling insults at Sherburn, who he feels has swindled him, he is issued a final, deadly ultimatum by the
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4 colonel: “If you open your mouth against me only once after that time[one o’clock] you can’t travel so far but I will find you.”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.239). Boggs fails to heed this ultimatum and is subsequently shot dead by the Colonel. The example demonstrates how people of the higher classes looked down upon the masses, at the same time it reveals the cowardliness of society. The colonel’s confrontation with society ends with its defeat because he knows he that society lacks the courage to stand up for what is right. This murder by an aristocrat demonstrates that the flawed concept of the whole men
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