Criticism In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wild and winding tale of a thirteen-year-old boy written by Mark Twain. After escaping the grasp of his abusive and alcoholic father, Huck meets up with one of his former slaves, Jim. He learns that Jim is attempting to travel north for freedom. With nowhere else to go and nothing better to do, Finn joins him and alas, their adventures begin. Although the story seems innocent and simple from the outside, there are many hidden messages conveyed through Twain 's writing. These mainly come in the form of criticisms via humor. All in all, the social institutions of slavery, religion, and the "real south" are poked fun at in a satirical manner.

One belief that Twain subjects to ridicule is religion. He
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Due to this, an additional subject Twain mocks is the real south. Basically, the real south is southern lifestyle, portrayed as it really is. Throughout the novel, one can see Twain poke fun at the aspects of southern mannerisms and general beliefs. One example of this practically exists throughout the whole novel. It is the way uncivilized Southern men and African Americans speak. A livid example of this can be seen when Pap says, "I says I 'll never vote ag 'in. Them 's the very words I said" (Twain 37). At first, the reader might have trouble understanding what he means. However, because Twain wrote it that way, the reader can clearly see how bad grammar is in the south, and Twain 's poke at the real south is obvious. An example of how he portrays African American slang, is when Jim says, "Yo ' 'ole father doan ' know yit what he 's a-gwyne to do" (Twain 28). Due to Twain 's depiction of Jim 's talking, the reader once again knows how it really sounded, can laugh about it, and can understand the satire. Overall, I feel this may be Mark 's most affective criticism because it exists almost everywhere throughout the book. It is also quite visible to every reader, making it well …show more content…
Although the story takes place before it, the novel was written after the Civil War, so slavery was abolished. However, it was still a time of strong racial prejudice. During the novel, Twain uses humor to criticize how stupid slavery was. One way he does this is through Jim and Huck 's parallel runaways. When Huckleberry Finn runs away from his father 's imprisonment, and fakes his murder, the entire town is after Pap and blames the incident on him. When Jim runs away from his imprisonment, the entire town is after him. Both of these escapes happen at roughly the same time, and can be seen as parallels. The difference is that they hunt Jim for running away because he is black, and hunt the man who made Huck run away because he is white. Once the reader looks into this idea, it is pretty funny, and the critique of slavery is clear, making this example of satire

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