The Slaves of Society

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                "Bringing the Duke and the King into the story was a master stroke" (327).

There could be several reasons to support this statement, but there is one particular one that comes to my mind.  The Duke and the King prove their fraudulence over and over again through their malicious actions.  Mark Twain used them as another obstacle for Jim and Huck, but he also had another goal for these two characters.  In every passage where the Duke and the King commit a malicious act on society, Twain carefully brings the same qualities of the society out in the open for the reader.  This is shown when the society tries to trick everyone else into thinking the show is amazing instead of saving them from a waste of time and money.  Also, the picture of ignorance is painted when they do not realize the Duke and the King are not the real uncles.   These characters were one of many ways Twain established his points of views on society, which include the idea that the people are slaves to conformity and ignorance and the mob mentality.  This brings me to my other though as I was reading.  Jim is not the only one fleeing from slavery. Twain makes it clear that "Huck too is fleeing from slavery" (329). 


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