Huckleberry Finn Satire Analysis

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Satire is a humorous way to criticize people’s thoughtless behavior, and it is generally everywhere (1). From literary works to late-night comedy shows, satire is very unavoidable. An exceptional example of satire is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Twain is a satirist which means that his works contain numerous uses of satire. Because Twain is a satirist and used many different satirical devices, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a superlative example of a satirical literary work. One satirical device that Twain used in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was irony. Irony is where the actual intentions get contradicted by opposite meanings and there are four types of irony. The first type of irony is called verbal irony and this type of irony inverts the truth (2). The second type of …show more content…
Invective is harsh, abusive language directed against a person or a cause (3). An example of an invective in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is in Chapter 22 where the character, Colonel Sherburn, used this subsequent quote to coax the southerners that they are nothing but cowards. “In the South one man all by himself, has stopped a stage full of men in the daytime, and robbed the lot. Your newspapers call you a brave people so much that you think you are braver than any other people -- whereas you're just as brave, and no braver. Why don't your juries hang murderers? Because they're afraid the man's friends will shoot them in the back, in the dark -- and it's just what they would do (Twain 1884).” This type of satire is juevenalian due to the harsh language Sherburn uses towards the southerners. By using an invective, Twain satirized people from the southern part of the United States in a harsh manner by stating that southerners are weaklings despite their so-called bravery. With the use of an invective, it shows that sometimes satire can be bitter and not

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