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Your name Teacher’s name Class Date A Thematic Comparison of Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road,’ and Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’Literary work acts as the mirror of the society. By reading a narrative, one can understand the inner dynamics of a particular period. Using this hypothesis, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn function to demonstrate the unchanging dynamics of social morality and social impetus. Written approximately 70 years apart; the two novels harbor striking similarities in the themes of relationships, morality and primarily the search for freedom. Brotherly relationships are significant themes in both books. Importantly, on both novels, the authors demonstrate the relevance of bonds that are formed on mutual interests over blood relationships. In Twain’s narrative, Sawyer and Finn’s father show certain levels of malice towards him. However, in a particularly lonesome journey, he finds correspondence in Jim, a former slave whose companionship in the rest of the text is essential than anything else. (Twain63) This is the exact nature of encounter that takes place between Sal and Dean. When they encounter each other, such bond is born between them that transcends any previous relationship they had, and they embark on a future together until insanity becomes unsustainable. (Kerouac 53) In the voices of Sal and Finn, the two authors effectively demonstrate the level of moral decay in respective social settings where novels are written. In Twain’s book, the hypocrisy of religion and continued oppression through slavery is expressed alongside with other vices and

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