The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay example

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain comments on many subjects such as race, religion, slavery, education and society as a whole. Throughout the book there are certain very serious instance, which occurred amidst all of the satirizing, but even in those serious instances we can find remnants of satire. The book has a consistent theme of questioning societal morals, as well as Huck’s individual struggle to find his morals. In the reading Satire: Spirit and Art by George A. Test, stated that “the emotions that give rise to satire are…the least admirable of human emotions- anger, malice, hatred, indignation”. While doing this satire “evokes [parallel] emotions… shame, anger, guilt, anxiety (pg. 1).
In one particular section of the book it demonstrates, one of the great ways that Mark Twain, used the judgment and aggression elements of satire. In chapter 22 on pages 117-118, Sherburn made a speech about the men, which were trying to lynch him in response to his killing the town drunk, Boggs. The very base of the ordeal speaks on the societal norms, because Sherburn decided not to entertain/ oblige to the norm of accepting Boggs rants and threats he was severely ostracized (mobbing and lynching attempt on his life). This brings into question the morality of normality and of the majority. Are the people of the town actually condoning the type of behavior Boggs displayed, is all of this commenting on the idea that not putting up with threats from an unproductive member…

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