The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

In what ways are people gullible?

In these chapters Twain satirizes the gullibility of the townspeople who believe an imposter like the king, but, ironically, do not believe Dr. Robinson. Compare the gullibility of the townspeople to people in today’s world. In what ways are people gullible? What makes them gullible? Explain your answer WITH DETAILS IN DEPT.

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I think people are still gullible, just in a different context. In Huck's time people and places were fairly isolated. Stories took on a life of their own simply because people used their imaginations and wanted to believe to a certain extent. Today mass media bombards us with pop culture all the time. Many people believe these so called "reality shows" on television because, like the townspeople in Huck Finn, they want to believe. These shows often don't have the slightest reality to them yet they become part of many people’s own reality. It's really quite scary.