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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 ***** folly or certain human weaknesses are held up to ridicule, often with the purpose of instigating reform"

***** 223).

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

Lewis 115).

That is ***** the beginning of what promises to be an enjoyable look at the world ***** the 1800s through Twain's twinkling eye. *****ndeed, we are warned as soon ***** we open the book not to take anything inside ********** seriously. "'Notice to Readers' (p. iv): Persons attempting to find a mot*****e in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it ***** be banished; persons attempting to ***** a plot in ***** will ***** shot"

Bercovitch 12).

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

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

Lowdown *****" is funny, but it ***** also a comment*****ry on the very ideals in some people that make an Abolitionist "lowdown" to beg***** *****. Clearly, ********** satire is aimed at change and reform. He ***** showing us our human weaknesses in prejudice against others, ***** how ridiculous it really is.

There are many cr*****ics however; who do *****t see the s*****ire regarding blacks as amusing at all, and think the book should be banned from schools, especially for its use ***** ***** word "*****." *****n fact, one writer opens his argument with, "The Adventures of *****leberry *****, by Mark Twain, is the most grotesque example of racist tr*****h ever written" (Leonard, Tenney ***** Davis


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