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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."


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

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***** Twain's uses satire and humor often in ***** novels, and "***** 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 "refus*****g to learn about Moses because he 'don't take ***** s*****ck 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 ***** the beginning of what promises to be an enjoyable look at the world ***** the 1800s through *****'s twinkling eye. *****ndeed, we ***** warned as soon as we open ***** book not to take ***** inside too seriously. "'Notice to Readers' (p. iv): Persons attempting to find a mot*****e in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to ***** a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will ***** shot"

Bercovitch 12).

One scene, later 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--that 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 this novel, and Twain, through his satire, is trying to show that the ideas about blacks were wrong, just as wrong as the statement "*****. Killed a nigger."

Along the same *****me, when Huck first meets Jim on the *****land, he is delighted ***** see him, ***** he wants t***** company. He does no***** care what color Jim *****. ***** just wants ***** contact. He swears not to tell anyone that ***** h***** 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 I ain't ***** back there, anyways" (Twain 60).

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


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