The Role of Satire in Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

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The Role of Satire in Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” The “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” written by Mark Twain is a story that most everyone has heard of or read. Much of the talk about the book is whether or not it should be banned for the use of the “n word.” Setting all of the debate and feelings aside about the usage of said word, readers can take away a lot from the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The book is full of underlying themes and meanings that deal with people and the way society was during the setting of the story. Many of the themes can still pertain to our lives today. Mark Twain makes great use of satire in the novel to poke fun at certain ideas and themes while ultimately challenging the reader to decide what is right or wrong. The “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is littered with satire throughout the novel. One of the main themes that Twain pokes fun at is that of religion. From the beginning of the book Mark Twain reveals to the reader Huck’s view of religion. Huck is all excited to learn about Moses and the Bulrushes and is drawn in by the story until he finds out that Moses is dead and has been so for quite some time. Then Huck is no longer interested because he has no use in hearing about a dead man from years ago. The relevance of the story to his life is lost when learns that Moses is dead. The same goes for the entire Bible. Huck struggles with the personal application of the Bible to his life because he feels that it is just a storybook of dead people that have no relevance to his life in the present. Another time that Mark Twain pokes at religion is when Huck goes to the Pokeville camp…...

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