Essay about The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn : A Satirical Novel

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Satirical Novel? In 1884, eight years after publishing the acclaimed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (TS), Mark Twain wrote its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (HF), a book that shared two characters and nothing else. Twain’s sequel is very different in tone, using considerably more foul language and cruel, and many more arresting and morbid scenes, leading the reader to conclude that it is intended for a more mature and sophisticated adult audience. In addition, HF employs the use of subtle, if not controversial, humor throughout the entirety of the novel, often as a device to expose and present moral dilemmas that are obliquely aligned with the main story line; in other cases this humor is merely meant to invoke a good laugh. However, the humor throughout the book is often satirical. Mark Twain places numerous social obstacles in the path of the maturing and conniving boys Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, and their honest and sensible friend, the runaway slave, Jim. In doing so, Twain uses humor as a means to illuminate social issues which, in turn, expose his era’s obsession with romanticism, human cruelty, futile superstition, and religious hypocrisy.
One persistent use of humor in HF is Twain’s use of satire to characterize the close-minded conformity of the precious yet parochial young Tom Sawyer. Superficially, Tom Sawyer often appears irrational or in the thrall of an unorthodox and dangerously…

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