The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Rhetorical Analysis

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One of the most well known authors throughout American history is without a doubt is Mr. Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Mark Twain is known for his incredible realism novels that showcase life in its purest form. In Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain challenges the idea of racism and family dynamics in the 1800s through the adventures and life of a young boy and a runaway slave. As this pair travels down the Mississippi they face many trials and tribulations that test their strength and relationship. In order to develop this story and challenge these ideas Twain uses many different linguistic devices in order to make connections. The most vital of these linguistic devices is the use of Irony. Twain uses Irony to poke fun at the situations that Huck and …show more content…
And that ain’t the wust. They said he could vote.” (Twain) According to Trent Lorcher, from Bright Hub Education, this piece of text is ironic due to the fact that “Pap describes a man superior in intellect to himself, yet scolds the government for letting him vote.” Most people would think that only the intellectually superior and most well versed citizens should be allowed to vote; however, due to the fact that Pap is so blinded by racism he looks down upon this great man. Overall, Twain’s use of irony in Huckleberry Finn serves to challenge the ideas of racism and family dynamics in the 1800s. Twain’s use of irony does a phenomenal job at painting a realistic picture of the people during his time period, and therefore is effective. By using irony Twain is able to subtlety mock and poke fun at the serious situations that people in the 1800s face everyday in order to bring attention to the important lesson behind the everyday practices; just because something is accepted doesn’t mean it is morally

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