Essay Satire : The Sharp Sword Of Mark Twain

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Satire: The Sharp Sword of Mark Twain
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was one of the most influential authors and humorists throughout American history. His use of satire, a way to expose weakness, and abuses of humanities with exaggeration, irony and humor, earned the recognition of the world. As one of the most famous and widely regarded masterpiece of Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which brought attention to the widespread issues regarding religion, mob mentality, and racism that pervaded the Antebellum period, effectively satirized these social issues by attacking humanity’s vices without mercy, using various literary devices including irony, reversal, and hyperbole to encourage social reform.
As the master of satire and irony, Mark Twain challenges the spiritual convictions of some people by pointing out the difference between the way things are and the way things should be. In this book, Twain mainly targets at the hypocritical Christians and unfathomable practice in the society, which has a huge influence on Huck’s growth later. For example, the author first introduces the religion satire when the widow Douglas “tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn’t really anything the matter with them” (Twain, Page 8). The widow’s action seems pretty ridiculous to Huck, however the rest of us know she’s actually doing her mealtime prayers. This is a horatian satire since it is not…

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