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As Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) once said, "Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it." Twain had this in mind when he was composing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Throughout this masterpiece there are several strange, yet realistic accounts of human behavior. The purpose of this novel was to inform the reader on the cruel, strange and undeniably true behavior of our own kind, more specifically Twain intended on this being an anti-slavery / anti-racism novel. Throughout the novel Huckleberry Finn there are several accounts of human kindness, which are immediately followed by human cruelty. One for example is when Huck encounters a few men that are looking for runaway slaves. Huck tells them a brilliant story to keep them away from the raft. " Poor devil, there's something in that. We are right down sorry for you... Now we are trying to do you a kindness... here I will put a twenty dollar piece on this board and you get it when it floats by..."( Twain 88). This passage shows the reader that most humans have sympathy for their own kind. That sympathy being directed towards Huck and his father, who according to Huck, has come down with smallpox. Further into the reading we find more information from the same man," If you see any runaway niggers you get help and nab them, and you can make some money by it. "( Twain 88). This is almost an exact opposite of sympathy for the human race. One may perceive this to be a defense mechanism used to keep themselves safe from the possibility of getting smallpox. This shows us the characters true selfishness. Though they may give money to try and express their sympathy, it's highly doubtful that the characters actually felt sorry for Huck and his father. If indeed the characters had cared about Huck and his father they would have stayed with Huck and asked if they could help. Instead the two men decide that it's more important to capture slaves for money. Almost all accounts of strange behavior are due to race, leading the reader to believe that Twain intended Huckleberry Finn to be an anti-slavery / anti-racism novel. Thus there are several sections of the novel that show equality between the races. " What makes me fell so bad dis time 'uz bekase I heard sumpn over yonder... like a wack er a slam... en it mine me er de time I treat my little 'Lizabeth so ornery..."( Twain 150) Jim continues to tell the reader more about the situation. " [Lizabeth] Doan' you hear me?... En wid dat I fetch a slap side de head dat sont her a-sprawlin..." (Twain 151). During the explanation of this event Jim is in tears. Later on we learn that Lizabeth is deaf. Jim felt extremely guilty for hitting her because it wasn't her fault that she didn't hear him. The fact that Jim remembered this, and the fact that he still feels guilty about it shows that he has just as much, if not more, sympathy for humans than the other characters in the novel. By this Twain is expressing his idea of equality between the races. Another section that tells the reader that this is an anti-slavery / anti-racism book is the situation in which Huck tricks Jim. After Huck tricks Jim he says the following, " It made me feel so mean I could have kissed his foot to get him to take it back... I wouldn't have done it if I'd 'a' knowned it would make him feel that way." ( Twain 84). This is a perfect example of strange behavior, Huck purposely inflicts pain on Jim for the pleasure of doing it. Far after Huck apologizes he thinks about putting Jim bac

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