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The purpose of this paper is to introduce and discuss Mark Twain's use ***** satire in his novel "Huckleberry Finn."


***** is defined as literature in which vice and folly or certain human weaknesses are held up to ridicule, often with the purpose of instigating reform"

Johnson 223).

***** Twain's *****s satire ***** humor often in his novels, and "***** Finn" is no exception. His rich characters use their dialects and intellects to ***** just about anything that Twain had strong feelings about. Early on, Huck is adamant in "refusing to learn ***** Moses because he 'd*****'t take no s*****ck in dead people' (Chapter I). Yet ***** th***** instance he argues for the usual meaning of the story and will not listen to a more down-*****-earth interpretation"

Lewis 115).

That is ***** ***** beginning of what promises to be an enjoyable look at the world of the 1800s through *****'s twinkling eye. Indeed, we are warned as soon as we open ***** book ***** to take ***** inside too seriously. "'Notice to Readers' (p. iv): Persons ********** to find a mot*****e in this narrative will ***** prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in ***** will be shot"

Bercovitch 12).

One scene, l*****ter on in the s*****ry, satirizes how people looked at blacks ***** the time. "I struck an idea, ***** fetched it out: "It warn't the grounding--that didn't keep us back but a little. We blowed out ***** cylinder head." "Good gracious! anybody hurt?" "No'm. Killed a nigger" (Twain 306). Blacks are "nobody." Jim is an important part of ***** novel, and Twain, ***** h***** satire, is trying to show that the ide***** about blacks were wrong, just as wrong ***** the statement "*****. Killed a nigger."

Along the same theme, when Huck first meets Jim on the island, he is delighted to see him, ***** he wants t***** company. He does no***** care what color Jim *****. ***** just wants human c*****tact. ***** swears *****t ***** tell anyone ***** Jim has run away. "People would call me a lowdown Abolitionist and despise me for *****ing mum-but that don't make no difference. I ain't a-going to tell, and ***** ain't a-going ***** there, anyways" (***** 60).

Lowdown *****" is funny, but it ***** also a comment*****ry on the very *****ls in some ***** that make an Abolitionist "lowdown" to begin with. Clearly, Twain's satire is aimed at change and re*****m. He ***** showing us our human weaknesses in prejudice against others, ***** how ridiculous it really is.

There are many cr*****ics *****ever; who do not see the s*****ire regarding ***** as amusing at all, and think ***** book should be banned from schools, especially for its use ***** the word "nigger." In fact, one writer *****s his argument *****, "The Adventures of Huckleberry *****, by Mark Twain, is ***** most grotesque example of racist trash ever written" (Leonard, Tenney ***** Davis


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