The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

ch 23 Jim complaining about the king and the duke and Huck's response

When Jim complains about the king and the duke, why does Huck say he and Jim are lucky in their experience of royalty? How do Jim’s comments reflect on the meaning? How do Huck’s comments reflect on kings in general?

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Huck gives a lengthy albeit somewhat inaccurate of kings throughout history, describing their kings (the King and Duke) as lambs. He blames the actions of kings on the way they're raised and considers the actions of their kings to be mild. Thus, he thinks they're lucky and should afford the King and Duke allowancesfor their poor behavior and misleading (thieving) ways.


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