Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Average Man, Religious Dogma, And A Code Of Honor

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Since the 16th century, writers have been using satire as a way to broadcast their message to their readers, while also attempting to make the read more enjoyable; with this, Mark Twain was no exception. Throughout the book, Twain mocked five main parts, which included sentimentality and gullibility, romantic literature with its mournful subject matter in poetry and its ridiculous plots in the novel, the average man, religious dogma, and a code of honor that results in needless bloodshed. One of the main parts of the book Mark Twain mocked was the sentimentality and gullibility that took place. Throughout the novel, Twain makes fun of sentimentality when he has Huck do certain things, like sending a ferry for the people on the Walter Scott as well as leaving some things behind on his expedition after stealing it because it was necessary for his survival. Twain’s use of satire here showcases how one may get sentimental about a vast majority of things too often even though it’s not always necessary. For example, when Huck felt he had to let go of some items after stealing them, Huck was not helping anyone by doing that, he was merely trying to clear his own conscience. Mark Twain also mocks the gullibility shown through the book by displaying how even two unintelligent people, like the duke and the king, can trick an entire town into buying tickets to their terrible shows as well as duping even more people into believing they were completely different beings, like the Wilks’…

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