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The purpose of this paper is to introduce and discuss Mark Twain's use of 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"

Johnson 223).

Mark Twain's uses satire and humor often in his novels, and "***** Finn" is no exception. His rich characters use their dialects ***** intellects to ***** 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 and will *****t listen to a more down-*****-earth interpretation"

Lewis 115).

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

Bercovitch 12).

One scene, l*****ter on ***** the story, satirizes how people looked at blacks ***** ***** 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 ***** "nobody." Jim is an important part of th***** novel, and Twain, ***** his satire, is trying to show that the ideas about blacks were wrong, just as ***** ***** the statement "No'm. Killed a nigger."

Along the same *****me, when Huck first meets Jim on the island, he is delighted ***** see him, because he wants t***** company. He does no***** care what color Jim is. ***** just wants ***** contact. ***** swears not to tell anyone ***** ***** 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 ***** tell, and ***** 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 Aboliti*****ist "lowdown" to begin with. Clearly, Twain's satire is aimed at change and reform. He is showing us our human weaknesses in prejudice against others, ***** how ridiculous it really is.

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


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