IB English 11
2 November 2012
Morality, " Frontier Justice” and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Inside the 1830s-40s, when The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place, the usage of public view in the form of enemies to lynch suspected bad guys was very common, especially in the Antebellum Era southern region. There was a definite lack of rights, especially in the legal courts, and often bad guys would be offer death completely based off of the emotional replies of the open public. Mark Twain communicates through satire exactly how irrational this type of justice is, more specifically discrimination. Through Twain's usage of satirized supplementary character people with regards to " societal norms” in the instances of the Grangerfords feuding while using Sheperdsons, the attempted lynching of Colonel Sherburn following murder of Boggs, the act of Pap regaining custody of Huck, as well as the overreaction from the public following the discovered fraudulence of the Duke and the King at Philip Wilks' funeral. Twain uses these cases to connect the idea that pre-Civil War rights was incredibly flawed. The idea of this extreme method of justice, coupled with Huck's emotional reactions to much of the goings-on, support express towards the reader that in an time like the one Twain is talking about, America on its own was really rough and conflicted, and the advances produced in the convictions of Americans, along with their ability to express these kinds of convictions through and after the Civil Battle were validated.
The first example of these social norms supplying outside character types a satirically extreme sense of justice would be the argument between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons. The two households have been feuding for what could possibly be either a long or a brief while, and when Huck demands on for what reason the two family members are feuding, Buck feedback that he doesn't actually know, other than that's what he thinks families are meant to do: " A argument is this way… … is actually kind of sluggish, and requires a long time” (Pg....
Mentioned: Twain, Indicate. The Escapades of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classics). D. p.: Bantam, 1981. Print. Bantam Classics.