Examples Of Satire In The Adventures Of Huck Finn By Mark Twain

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The satire of a story points out the flaws in something. A person might find satire in the government, schools, philosophy, politics, and society. Satire may also be funny, sad, or critical. In all of Mark Twain’s books he uses satire because he was a humorist. When Twain uses satire, he means for it to be funny. In the story The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain, Twain constantly uses satire to point out the flaws in society and in people. Right off the bat within the first few pages of the story, Twain gives the reader the first satire. The first satire has to do with Miss Watson, who is the widow’s sister. The widow is the woman who took in Huckleberry Finn. This is satire because Miss Watson is a very religious woman. She followed …show more content…
Buck Grangerford explains a feud as a man having a problem with another guy and then it leads to fighting between the families of the men. Twain puts the satire in this family feud because no one in either of the two families knows why they are fighting with each other. Buck goes on to explain that the family feud that has been going on for about thirty years and started because of a lawsuit. The lawsuit was settled, but then someone from one of the families did not like it, so they shot one of the other family members. The family feud keeps going on and no one seems to know why it even started, “(Huck) What was the trouble about, Buck? -land? (Buck) “I reckon maybe- I don’t know” (Twain 98). This family feud is huge though. The feud between The Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons is a very violent feud. Sometimes one of the families will surprise the other family with an ambush and just start shooting with each other. The satire that they don’t even know why they are fighting, makes the reader laugh. The family feud really heats up though when Sophia Grangerford falls in love with Harney Shepherdson. During the night they run away together and the next day, a war starts up between the two families because of this. A lot of people are killed. This is satire because Sophia fell in love with a member of the other family. Twain keeps using satire after satire, even for the …show more content…
It is probably the biggest and most important satire in the story. The satire is that Huckleberry Finn is a young boy who is uneducated and is a very low level of society compared to other characters in the story. He would rather be homeless and dirtier than live in a clean house. Huck Finn does not have very many morals or ethics. He also does not have a very good sense of right and wrong. Today’s readers would think of Huck as kind of a wild child, which he was but he also had a good side to him. As the reader reads the story they soon see that Huck is actually very intelligent and he also is very considerate of other people. Huck at the end of the story says one of the most important lines that shows the biggest satire, “Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, I can’t stand it. I been there before” (Twain 260). Huck has seen what civilized people are like and he knows that he is better off with civilization. The satire is present when the reader realizes that Huck is way more civilized than anyone else that we come in contact within the

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