Essay about The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wild and winding tale of a thirteen-year-old boy written by Mark Twain. After escaping the grasp of his abusive and alcoholic father, Huck meets up with one of his former slaves, Jim. He learns that Jim is attempting to travel north for freedom. With nowhere else to go and nothing better to do, Finn joins him and alas, their adventures begin. Although the story seems innocent and simple from the outside, there are many hidden messages conveyed through Twain 's writing. These mainly come in the form of criticisms via humor. All in all, the social institutions of slavery, religion, and the "real south" are poked fun at in a satirical manner.

One belief that Twain subjects to ridicule is religion. He specifically targets the religion of Miss Watson and the civilized characters of the book. Through Huckleberry, Twain makes fun of the benefits and morals of religion. One way he does this is by humorously questioning the prayer system. Huck says, "Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it. She told me to pray... and whatever I asked for I would get it. But it warn 't so . I tried it" (Twain 21). After saying this quote, he explains how he wished for some fishing line and hooks. He got the fishing line, but God would never give him the hooks, so he gave up. This criticizes religion in a humorous manner by relating it to something simple, like fishing. This form of satire is very affective. It points out…

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