Huck Finn Essay

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Huck Finn Essay Do you ever think about what affect American society has on you? The answer is probably not, and the reason being because you are most likely unaware of the influence that it has over you. However Mark Twain was extremely aware of the effects of society on the individual, and he despised it. This is evident through the satire that he uses throughout the novel of Huckleberry Finn. Twain develops satire by depicting the ridiculousness of some situations, which serves to help create the theme of corruption of the individual by society. Even though Moses died ages ago and has no effect on Huck at all, he still must learn about Moses because Miss Douglas, a woman formed by society, believes that it is the right thing to do. This happens in the first scene of the novel right after Huck and Miss Douglas finish eating dinner. She gets out the bible and begins educating Huck on Moses and the Bulrushers. This is the first instance of satire in the whole novel. When Huck says: "so then i didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people." (pg. 4) It is Twains way of bashing organized religion through Huck. This is one of the smaller instances of satire in the novel, however it does a wonderful job of making religion sound ridiculous by making it sound like the bible is a bunch of stories of dead people who really have no significance to our daily lives. The only reason why Miss Douglas is teaching Huck about Moses is because southern society tells her that everyone must be a good christian or they are going to go straight to hell. While some may believe that age is a good way to judge someones intelligence level, this was not the case back during the times of slavery because often a ten year old white boy would be more educated than a forty year old black man. This was just the case in the relationship between

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