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Alcoholism and Sobriety
Transcript of Alcoholism and Sobriety
"Every time he got money he got drunk; and every time he got drunk he raised Cain around town; and every time he raised Cain he got jailed" (23).
"He chased me round and round the place with a clasp-knife, calling me the Angel of Death, and saying he would kill me... I begged, and told him I was only Huck; but he laughed
a screechy laugh, and roared and cussed" (29).
The over indulgence of alcohol can consume and dictate ones lifestyle, while acting as a substitute for moral responsibility.
Mario Rubino & Jake Laing
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Alcoholism and Sobriety
Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. If you have alcoholism, you can't consistently predict how much you'll drink, how long you'll drink, or what consequences will occur from your drinking.
This quote from the novel portrays the common actions that are related to alcoholism. Mark Twain blatantly comes out and gives the reader his views on the matter. Dependency leads to poverty and intoxication, intoxication leads to violence, and violence leads to crime and punishment.
"Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store, three miles, to the ferry, and traded fish and game for whisky, and fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time, and licked me" (24).
The quote here gives insight to how severe paps dependency truly is. The addiction has led to the rearrangement of his priorities, and booze has topped the list. Rather than saving income to escape poverty, or eating the fish and game for meals, he has spent it away for alcohol.
This quote also redirects the emotions of the reader by identifying how pap "had a good time", while he was physically abusing Huck.
The practice of child abuse, whether it be in the 1800's where it was more acceptable or today where it is not, is known to have strong relations with the practice of substance abuse. Alcoholism and child abuse come hand in hand.
Paps abuse has led him to become delusional and violent towards his own son. There is no father-son relation and no affection at all. Alcohol has replaced Pap's duties of being a father.
Modern Day Example: Robin Williams
Robin Williams was a
beloved actor and comedian
that struggled from depression
and alcohol abuse throughout
his whole life. His dependency
on alcohol eventually led to his
self-destruction; he was found
dead in his home after
committing suicide. His abuse
and depression consumed him.
The destructive nature of alcohol was
self imposed on the late actor.
Modern Day Example: Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony was put on trial for
the murder of her two year old
daughter Caylee Anthony. She was
known to drink and party during the
time of her daughter's disappearance.
Shown on the right is Casey in a 'Hot
Body' contest in an Florida nightclub.
Instead of worrying about her
daughter's disappearance she is out
getting drunk and having a good
time: she is using alcohol as a
substitute for moral responsibility.
Modern Day Example: Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong, the front man of
punk-rock band Green Day, had an
onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio
Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was
heavily under the influence of alcohol,
and made a mockery of himself and his
band. The decision was up to him
whether to be consumed by alcohol, or
to clean up his act and his career. He
decided to go to rehab and after
months of a brutal withdrawal period, he is
"Here comes old Boggs!-in from the
country for his little old monthly drunk;
here he comes, boys"(141).
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Mark Twain saw the abuse of alcohol as
a destructive complication to the lives
of people. No respect comes from, or is given, to those who abuse and cannot control their condition of alcoholism. Twain sees the consumption of alcohol as just a temporary escape from the addict's problems in life.
Drinking alcohol is not a bad, sinful indulgence, however the abuse can easily get out of hand. Today, Twain's message still stands strong. Alcohol abuse can lead to crime, violence, and poverty. Twain uses his characterizations of alcoholics to contrast sobriety. Think of characters such as Pap, the King, the Duke, and Boggs, versus Huck, Jim, Uncle Silas, and Aunt Sally.
"Nothing good in your life will ever come from alcohol abuse. It will consume you, live your life for you, and replace all of your morals with a priority of intemperance." -Jake Laing and Mario Rubino