Satire In Huckleberry Finn

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According to the word satire is a technique used by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Twain uses satire to expose the reader to many human weaknesses or flaws that are corrupting our society. His uses of showing the corruption through said techniques is an important part of this novel. The flaws that Twain puts in this book are not very obvious, but if you read carefully and thoroughly they can be seen clearly. One of the human flaws that we have is the our addiction to alcohol. Throughout the book we read about families and people whose lives were affected if…show more content…
Some people would stop at nothing to get money. Such as the Duke and King and Pap. Unfortunately, with Huck having over six thousand dollars, Pap does stop at nothing to get the money. He literally works himself to death trying to obtain it. In the beginning we learn that Huck sells his six thousand dollar fortune to Judge Thatcher for one dollar to make sure his father will never get it. Pretty smart for a 12 year old boy. Pap threatens to beat Huck senseless if he doesn't get some money. As soon as Huck gives his father a couple of bucks, Pap drinks it all away. “...I’d borrow two or three dollars off the judge for him, to keep from getting a cowhiding” (pg.27) In Paps case, two of the flaws lie directly within him. Greed and alcoholism. His flaws are the cause of why Huck doesn't care if he dies or not. He was not a proper father to Huck. What kind of father beats his children for a couple of dollars? Twain uses satire to show the inhumanity behind all of this. “... was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race” (pg.210). Greed, Alcoholism and being gullible are only few of the human weaknesses Twain targets. Satire can teach people a lesson, without them even realizing it.Twain uses Huck Finn as a tool to show the contrast between what is right and what is wrong. Huck was only 12 and yet he had the ability to know what is morally right and does what he feels is right and not what everyone says then why can’t everyone else do the
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