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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 ref*****m"

Johnson 223).

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

Lewis 115).

That is just ***** beginning of what promises to be an enjoyable look at the world ***** the 1800s through Twain's twinkling eye. Indeed, we are warned as soon as we open the book ***** to take anything inside too seriously. "'Notice to Readers' (p. iv): Persons *****tempting to find a mot*****e 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, later 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 out a 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, ***** h***** satire, is trying to show that the *****s ab***** blacks were wr*****g, just as wrong ***** 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 the company. He does not care what color Jim *****. ***** just wants human contact. He swears not ***** tell anyone that 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 ***** ain't ***** ***** **********, anyways" (***** 60).

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


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