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(Twain 3). This quote shows that Huck would rather be in his old clothes and free rather than in new ones like society would have him. Another example of society being shown in a negative light is seen when pap, Huck s father, returns to get custody of Huck. The court decides that Huck belongs to his father and awards custody. This shows society in a negative light because pap is obviously an unfit father. He drinks too much and beats his son. This theme of society being negative only grows throughout the story. After Huck fakes his death to escape from his father and begins his journey down the Mississippi river he runs in to Jim, Mrs. Watson s slave who has run away. Instead of doing what society would do and turn him in, Huck continues his journey with this runaway slave.

Ironically Huck believes that he is committing a sin by not turning Jim in, showing a struggle between himself and society. While on the river it is apparent that Huck would rather be on his raft then in a city or town constricted by society. Evidence of this can be seen any time Huck returns to civilization. First off he never stays there long and when he leaves he does it in a hurry. Once back on the raft he always proclaims how happy he is to be there. Huck says, Then we hung up our signal lantern, and jugged that we was free and safe once more (Twain 107). In this quote Huck says that he feels free and safe. Not once does he say this when he is in the city constrained by society. There are many more examples of Huck s struggles with society such as with the letter he wrote to

Mrs. Watson about Jim. The letter would have given Jim up, but of course, Huck makes the correct moral decision and rips up the letter. Once again he feels that he has sinned by doing so. He says, All right , then, I ll go to hell and tore it up (Twain 193). At this point, Huck is one hundred and eighty degrees from society and standing up for what is right. This is the climax of the story, one that points a major struggle Huck has been faced with. It also shows Huck s innate since of right and how he has finally given into his conscience. In Tartuffe and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there are strong themes of society and the problems associated with it. While these stories were written hundreds of years apart, their creators chose to make fun of certain parts of society

and show these points through character conflict. Character conflict is only one of the similarities between the two works. In Tartuffe, the family is placed in the struggle with society. They are faced with a religious hypocrite who is taking all of their possessions. This hypocrite, Tartuffe, represents society. And in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it is Huck himself that is in the majority of the struggles with society. While Huck Finn deals with more issues concerning society such as slavery, abusive parents, being sivilized , and justice, the theme of religion is apparent as well. This is seen many times in the novel as Huck tries to figure out prayer and what sin actually is. Another similarity between Tartuffe and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the strong

sense of right that Huck Finn and Cleante have. In Tartuffe, Cleante is the person seen as the conscience of the group and in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it is Huck s actual conscience that is the sense of right. Notice that in either of the cases the moral conscience is definitely not society. Tartuffe and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are timeless pieces that speak to the individual and make them think about the society in which they live. These writings are still read today because the issues they deal with, such as conflicts with society in religion, justice, and others are problems in modern society and will be problems in future society.