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


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

***** 223).

***** Twain's *****s satire ***** humor often in his 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 ***** learn about Moses because he 'don't take no stock in dead people' (Chapter I). Yet in this *****stance he argues for the usual meaning of ***** story and will not listen to a more down-to-earth interpretation"

Lewis 115).

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

Bercovitch 12).

One scene, l*****ter on in the story, satirizes how people looked at blacks at the time. "I struck an idea, and fetched it out: "It warn't the grounding--th***** 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 s*****ow that the ide***** ***** blacks were wr*****g, just as wrong as the statement "No'm. Killed a nigger."

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

***** *****" is funny, but it ***** also a comment*****ry on the very ideals in some people that make an Aboliti*****ist "lowdown" to begin with. Clearly, *****'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 however; who do not see the s*****ire regarding ***** as amusing at all, and think ***** book should be banned from schools, especially for its use of the word "*****." In fact, one writer *****s h***** argument wit*****, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is the most grotesque example of racist trash ever written" (Leonard, Tenney ***** Davis


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