Use Of Satire In Huckleberry Finn

The novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is full of humor as well as fascinating glimpses into human nature and the ways that different people act. To accomplish this feat Mark Twain uses satire to show his critique of the American society. Satire is defined as mockery or irony to expose evil or immoral behavior. Through his text, Twain uses satire to show how easily people follow the crowd and believe what they are told without giving it a second thought. He also highlights the negative actions that humans are capable of including lying and abuse. Twain uses Huckleberry 's encounters with many different people along his journey to show these points. Uses of satire within the novel to make fun of useless feuds, the importance …show more content…
From Huckleberry 's conversation with Jim at the beginning of the book, we know that he is not fond of kings. Huckleberry believes they are full of greed, laziness, and selfishness. "why, they get a thousand dollars a month if they want it; they can have as much as they want" (Twain 87). Later readers are introduced to two frauds who pretend to be a king and a duke. This humorous meeting of two con-men and the adventurous duo of Huckleberry and Jim also speaks to how Twain sees kings. This shows that Twain feels kings steal from their people and take them as fools, just as the "King" thinks of the people of Peter Wilks town. He tries to trick the people and steal their money without putting in much work to do so. All these factors are things that Huckleberry thinks real kings possess. Through the humor of false noblemen Twain makes a statement on how kings can have what they want whenever they wish for it but do not seem to use it for the good of their …show more content…
The novel also shows the weaknesses of each point. The theme of the novel ultimately covers morality and individuality. Use of a family feud, where the children who do not even fully know why they are fighting end up dead, is a call to have your own morals and thoughts. The lies of the "King" and the "Duke" show readers to not blindly believe anyone, even if they are above you. The mob mentality reminds readers to be individual and form their own thoughts and feelings towards everything. The uses of satire teach readers to choose how they act based on moral and not what anyone else can tell you.

Mark Twain uses satire many times in his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to show many weaknesses visible in human nature. Twain uses irony and mockery to exhibit how violence, useless anger and blame can be. He also shows how kings and those high in status can be cruel or lazy. Twain points out how easily people follow the crowd and how deeply they care about others perspective of them. All together the usage of satire forms a theme of morality and

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