Essay on The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

1542 Words May 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Southern life in the 1840’s was tough, especially for 12 year old Huck Finn. A lot of people were mean and critical. Twain wrote this story in hopes of helping the readers realize what they were doing wrong, such as bad parenting, family feuding, greed, gullibility, and racism. He did this by using satire, the use of certain things to expose people 's problems. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a narrative written by Mark Twain, society has many flaws, which are shown through Twain’s use of satire.

Twain uses Pap, Huck’s father, to satirize bad parenting and the government. Pap gathers whatever money he can so that he can go and buy alcohol and get drunk all of the time. “Every little while he locked me in and went down to the store, three miles, to the ferry, and traded fish and game for whisky and fetched it home and got drunk and had a good time, and licked me” (Twain 23-24). Pap is not a good parent, and it is shown through his bad habits. He does not gather money for necessities or things for his son, he gathers it for alcohol. This shows his careless and reckless nature. Pap abuses Huck and gets angry at him very easily, especially under the influence of alcohol. “He chased me round and round the place, with a clasp-knife, calling me the Angel of Death and saying he would kill me and then I couldn’t come for him no more” (Twain 29). Pap’s abusive nature toward Huck is a major downplay on his character. This factor is what really makes the reader realize that he…

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