Satire In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Throughout Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses satire to attack what he sees as the hypocritical views of the midwestern society. Nothing is sacred to his words, especially not slavery, politics, human nature or religion. From the first chapter with Miss Watson's preaching about heaven and hell to the performance of the Royal Nonesuch to the dramatic escape planned for Jim, Twain infuses the story with satire to the detriment of our opinion of the river society he is describing. Religion is one of the key victims of Twain's satire. He speaks through Huck declaring it, at least as it was taught, to be irrelevant to the average person's life, "Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone, you see..." (pg. 4). Not much later Huck finds that prayer has never done him any good, and he can't see that it has helped many others either.…show more content…
The whole thing becomes so complicated and convoluted that it makes most the books ending seem beyond belief. In my opinion this is a case of out of hand exaggeration in an effort to express satire. Once again the main point seems to be a criticism of relying on established methods and European ways. Tom cannot explain half the plans he wants to execute during Jim's rescue, but merely says, "Oh, I don't know. But he's got to have it. All the nobility does." (pg. 249) While the end is still very funny, it is less subtle and the overkill on the satire makings the reading even tedious at points. Overall satire is a key defining feature of Huckleberry Finn and Twain makes good use of it to poke fun at American and especially midwestern society. At times he is overloads the storyline, and at others, such as the description of Huck's escape from the log cabin, it is unnoticeable, but throughout the story satire keeps coming back to laugh at the characters and their settings and tell us how Twain really

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