Satire At It's Best In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn



Satire is the use of irony or sarcasm to expose vice or folly. Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a very talented writer and use's satire a great deal in the novel. This novel is not only an adventure story but also a comedy in the way that Mark Twain pokes fun at the way people have become to be. He uses the flaws of man to make this novel a joy to read.
"When we was ready to shove off we was a quarter of a mile below the island, and it was pretty broad day; so I made Jim lay down in the canoe and cover up with the quilt, because if he set up people could tell that he was a nigger a good ways off."(58) Twain wanted to show how society perceived blacks ...

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crime to let a man drown than to just plain kill him
Twain a lot of the time makes fun of how whites perceived blacks or how blacks thought of whites. "He judged it was all up with him any way it could be fixed; for if he didn't get saved he would get drownded; and if he did get saved, whoever saved him would send him back home so as to get the reward, and then Miss Watson would sell him South, sure. Well, he was right; he was most always right; he had an uncommon level headed for a nigger."(81) This shows a point that Huck and the rest of the world will believe into the fact that blacks are less intelligent than
Whites, but Huck is surprised that Jim almost breaks that mold that society has placed. "Then at the bottom was the biggest line of them all, which said: LADIES AND CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED 'there,'says he, if that line don't fetch them, I don't Arkansaw!"(150) Twain uses the dukes scamming ways to poke fun at the ignorance and sick humor of the town.
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