Hypocrisy is seen all around in today's society. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain hypocrisy is seen through the eyes of a young boy. The hypocrisy and ridiculousness of society's prevailing attitudes toward the institutions of religion, education, and slavery before the Civil War are brightly illustrated in the novel.

Huckleberry Finn's Journey to morality is seen through the eyes of a brilliant child, the prejudice world he lives in, and the reality that is thrown at him in his journey down the Mississippi River. He learns to see the true society he is a part of by encountering many different characters. These characters will unknowingly turn this innocent and perceptive young boy into a moral-based and caring young man. Miss Watson tries to show Huck the good of Christianity, while the King and Duke prove to him that there are always some people left in the world who are inhumane. With both of these influences, Huck's morals become as strong as they possibly can. He goes against society to save a man whom he never considered would be a friend for life. Huck is unable to grasp Miss Watson's religion. He does not care for the past and takes " no stock in dead people-(Twain 4). Miss Watson tells Huck that if he prays for something, he will get it. Huck tests the theory and is let down. He says, "It warn't so. I tried it. Once I got a fish-line, but no hooks. I tried for the hooks three times, but somehow I couldn't make it work- (Twain 12). The hypocrisy is that Huck prays for the hooks, does not receive them, and wonders why. What he does not realize is that he cannot pretend to act like he understands the whole concept, and expect to receive the hooks. After Huck is taken by his father and escapes down the river, he gets hungry, and bread reaches him down the river. Huck thinks the bread is sent to him because of Miss Watson's prayers. He realizes he may not understand it all but says, " there's something in it when a body like the widow or the parson prays, but it don't work for me, and I reckon it don't work for only just the right kind-(Twain 37).