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

***** IN HUCKLEBERRY *****

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

Johnson 223).

Mark Twain's uses satire and humor often in his novels, ***** "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 ***** stock in dead people' (Chapter I). Yet ***** this instance he argues for the usual meaning of ***** story ***** 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. Indeed, we ***** warned as soon as we open the book not to take anything inside too 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 ***** shot"

Bercovitch 12).

One scene, l*****ter on ***** the s*****ry, satirizes how people looked at blacks at ***** 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 ***** ***** cylinder head." "Good gracious! anybody hurt?" "No'm. Killed a nigger" (Twain 306). Blacks are "nobody." Jim is an important part of ***** novel, and *****, through h***** satire, is trying to show that the ********** about blacks were wrong, just as ***** ***** the statement "No'm. 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 *****. Huck just wants human contact. ***** swears not to tell anyone ***** Jim has run away. "People would call me a lowdown Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum-but that don't make no difference. I ain't a-going to tell, and I ain't a-going back there, anyways" (Twain 60).

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

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


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