Adventures of Huckleberry Finn p155 The slave traders symbolize the members of

Adventures of huckleberry finn p155 the slave traders

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.155). The slave traders symbolize the members of the church who try to solve any problems they have by giving the church money believing that will solve the problem. In reality they are not actually solving anything and only deceiving themselves by running away from the problem. This demonstrates their religious hypocrisy. In chapter 18, Twain uses the family feud between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons to demonstrate and question the fidelity of the local congregation. By accident Huck has come into contact with the aristocratic family of the Grangefords and their rivals, the Shepherdsons. The two families are locked in a deadly feud which has claimed many lives on both sides. When the two families visit church and hear a sermon about “brotherly love”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.184) Huck observes that “the men took their guns along.."( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.184) and “kept them between their knees” ( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.185). The fact that the two
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11 families brought weapons, which they seem eager to use, to a sermon about “brotherly love” demonstrates the absurd hypocrisy of the situation. The two families are hypocritical in the teachings of the gospels. In chapter 24, when Huck and Jim are travelling with the two conmen the King and the Duke, they are forced to come up with a plan that will allow Jim (now on the wanted list) to move freely in one of the villages next to river. Duke hatches the idea of dressing Jim up as an Arab. He writes “Sick Arab -- but harmless when not out of his head.”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.265) on Jim’s forehead and tells him to ”fetch a howl or two”( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.265) to scare away anyone foolish enough too get too close. The Duke’s con reveals southern Christian church’s intolerance, while preaching tolerance, towards people from different countries and religions. At the end of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (chapter 36) Huck is taken into the care of the Phelps, yet another deeply devoted family. This chapter marks Huck’s return to civilization after a long absence. Like the Watsons, the Phelps are a devoted Christian southern family who own slaves. They are not unlike the Watson family at the beginning of the novel. Mr. Phelps has bought Jim from the Duke to collect the reward money for him, and has locked him up in a shed. When Huck, Tom and Jim plot Jim’s escape Jim reveals to Tom that Mr Phelps “come in every day or two to pray with him."( Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , p.419). Mr Phelps is hypocritical since his reason to pray with Jim is that the he has no one else to pray with; he does not really care about Jim. This act by Mr Phelps demonstrates the hypocritical nature of many of the deeply devoted slave owners.
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