Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn '

1056 Words Mar 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Jonathan Swift, a satirist and author who is best known for Gulliver’s Travels, once said: “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.” Corrupt and dishonest people exist everywhere in the world, and as people have evolved as a culture, the lack of modest human dignity and shame has also increased and taken a form of its own. Denial and justification of blatant acts of violence and racism are forms of such social systems and behaviors that have come to be. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, such a lack of human decency is expressed through the characterization of people who represent both elements of human folly and the flaws of society. Twain uses social satire to highlight the disparities between Huck’s moral conscience and the behaviors of other characters, who take on the social norms of the South during the nineteenth century, suggesting that Southern culture and the cultures of other societies like it– ones largely influenced by racism and violence– ultimately create an environment that fosters the vices which induce people to behave with inhumanity. Twain uses satire in the juvenile portrayal of adults and Buck’s overstated character, through which he mocks the social dynamics in the South, criticizing the continued use of violence as the only answer and suggesting that wrath is one of the greatest vices that a person may have. A person may be consumed by anger so that he loses sight of his humanity. Such an…

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