Satire In Huckleberry Finn Research Paper

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Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn After reading Huck Finn I have gained so much respect for Mark Twain and what he did for books all over the world. The thing I enjoy most about this book is the subtle humor that is interlaced with the satire. Twain uses generous amounts of satire of the white man’s cruelty to black people, of religious hypocrisy, of Romanticism, and of superstition both to amuse the reader and, more importantly, to make the reader aware of the social problems which Twain saw at the time of his youth. The era and setting in which The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place is fundamental to the story but the character’s identities themselves could be placed in just about any modern novel or story. I think some of the books most obvious forms of satire result from dehumanizing black people. They all treat slaves as these emotionless robots that are only there to serve and work. The common mentality of a Southern white male actually believed black people were a different species…show more content…
Tom is obsessed with doing everything how the books do it and accepts the pieces of literature as fact. He is convinced that all of those events actually happened and that the only way to be successful in his little adventures is to do exactly what happened in the novels. I think Tom Sawyer is sort of like a door into the lives of the upper class. He shows Huck Finn and his rag-tag posse what more sophisticated people do and learn. Also, I feel that Mark Twain chose to make Huck Finn the better person morally because there was a stereotype back then that poor people just couldn’t be as “good” as rich people. But by the simple act of making Tom Sawyer a member of distinguished society and dumbing down the Tom Sawyer character, he can insert his own beliefs and say that you don’t have to be rich to be a good

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