Throughout the Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens) novel, The
Adventures of HuckleBerry Finn, a plain and striking point of view is
expressed by the author. His point of view is that of a cynic; he
looks upon civilized man as a merciless, cowardly, hypocritical
savage, without want of change, nor ability to effect such change.
Thus, one of Mark Twain's main purposes in producing this work seems
clear: he wishes to bring to attention some of man's often concealed
shortcomings. While the examples of Mark Twain's cynic commentaries on
human nature can be found in great frequency all through the novel,
several examples seem to lend themselves well to a discussion of this
sarcastic view. In the beginning of the novel, it would seem that
both Huck Finn and Jim are trapped in some way and wishing to escape.
For Huck, it is the violence and tyranny of his drunken father. Kept
in a veritable prison, Huck wishes desperately to escape. Jim feels
the need ...