This is expressed throughout the novel in Jim's wish of escaping slavery and Huck's desire for being uncivilized.
Huck makes a good point when he is living with the widow Douglas.
- was it a Grangerford or a Shepherson"' ' Laws, how do I know? This illustrates what savage acts humans are capable of doing.
The terrible acts that humans commit become much more ridiculous when violence like this has no reason or justification.
This theme occurs several times throughout the novel.
He develops this theme through the inhumane actions of Pap towards Huck, the feuds between the Grangerfords and the Shephersons, and the dishonesty of the King and the Duke to the Wilks girls, the townsmen, and their betrayal of Jim for money.Jim's hunt for freedom is an escape from slavery, while Huck's is a method to get away from the civilized world.Their search for freedom is for one reason, their happiness.Twain states, "But it was rough living in a house all the time..so when I couldn't stand it no longer, I lit out.I got into my old rags, and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied"(1).Twain uses the atrocious actions of Pap toward Huck to help develop the major theme of his novel. "I'll take you down a peg before I get done with you'" (20). He doesn’t want his son to have an education for his own good. The Duke and the King symbolize the nation's scum, and through their action of selling Jim they also prove that they do not care about Jim or Huck. Huck learns about the Duke and the King's actions from a boy in town.This quote shows how man is inhuman to other men, even if they are related and supposed to love each other. Not only is Pap mentally abusive toward Huck, but he is also physically abusive to him. Not only do the Duke and the King steal money from the girls, but they also lie to them about bringing them to England just so they can have more money. " ' It was an old fellow - a stranger - and he sold out his chance in him for forty dollars'"(203).There was a feud between the two families and they were always after one another.Neither family exactly knew why or what the feud’s purpose. - land"' ' I reckon maybe - I don't know.' ' Well, who done the shooting?Pap talks and acts mean towards Huck, even though Huck is his own son. "But by and by pap got too handy with his hick'ry, and I couldn't stand it. The way that Pap treats Huck shows the vicious ways people treat one another no matter how close they are. Also, when they went from town to town, they put on a play and charged the citizens lots of money for an extremely short show. Twain also develops this major theme through the betrayal of Jim for money by the King and the Duke "... The Duke and the King are so cruel and desperate that they cannot even wait to sell Jim back to his owner for 0, even if it was just .Twain included this notion to help develop the major theme of the novel. The Duke and the King are cruel to their fellow man, Jim, even when Jim and Huck are so loyal to them.