November 18, 2002
Mankind's Egocentric Relationship
Society tells you what to do, how to live your life and what social class you are. Worse, they tell you what and how to believe. When you go back to nature away from society and the bigotry you find things out for yourself. Mark Twain goes into great detail in Huckleberry Finn about society and moral issues in general. Mark Twain goes into great detail to show how society influences us for the better or worse with controversial issues such as slavery and the ever-lasting conflict between civilization and nature.
Children grow up by the way their parents raise them. Every day they are influenced by the way their parents talk and act. Miss Watson tries to civilize Huck with saying things like, "Don't put your feet up there Huckleberry," and "don't scrunch up like that Huckleberry." (Mark Twain 2) This passage is showing how the parents are influencing their child to do something right, according to the standards of society and religion.
Religion has the most influence on society and how we live our life. "The old man got to cussing and cussed everything and everybody he could think of, and then cussed them all over again to make sure he hadn't skipped any, and after that he polished off with a kind of a general cuss all round, including a considerable parcel of people which he didn't know the names of, and so called them what's-his-name when he got to them, and went right along with his cussing." (Twain 25) This shows the lower part of the
society. Society is based on levels of how rich people are. Twain points out through his context that if society's levels were disregarded, more people would be able to get...