The theme "fraud" in Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

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What could be one of the worst ways to make money? It would be something that would deceive human trust and beliefs and use it for doing fraud. In the story Huckleberry Finn, two people use fraud for living; "Dauphin (Luis XVII)" and the "Duke of Bridgewater." Dauphin, commonly called as the "king," is a man is in the seventies, bald-headed with gray whiskers. The other person, introduced as the "duke," is in the thirties. These two materialistic con-artists use their sagaciousness to deceive people's trust and earn money.

The first fraud we see is the fake medicine. These frauds made an uncertified medicine that would theoretically take off the tartar on the teeth. But instead of taking just the tartar, it took off the enamel, which made people feel sour in their mouth all the time. These con artists waited until they got enough victim's money, and also, before these people would revolt and capture them.

After that, they run for their lives, and meets Huck and Jim.

The King alone deceived the townspeople of Pokeville on a revival day. The king uses this to go up to the stage to introduce himself as a pirate in the Indian Ocean. He tells the people that the speech made him regret about his past, and he adds that he needs some donation to help his people to convert to "good" ones like what happened to him. Because the townspeople were obsessed by the spirit of repentance, the donation was collected immediately, which was worth over eighty-seven dollars.

Last but not the least, the two frauds become the fake Harvey Wilks and William Wilks, the brother of the rich Peter Wilks. By the townspeople's sympathy over the death, they were easily believed to be the real ones...