Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn '

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Breck Paschal Mr. Valencich AP Language and Composition, Period 4 30 October 2017 Education Through Escapades The Antebellum period is characterized by abolitionists and supporters of slavery who have shaped societal ideals and as well as the traditional education system. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Huck Finn) is one of the time periods most prominent pieces of literature. Huck Finn comically criticizes civilized society by implementing humor, irony, and satire, in the hopes of enlightening readers that traditional classroom education does not truly determine one’s intelligence. Huck’s suspicion of society in combination with his developing relationship with Jim causes disillusionment of the Antebellum ideals…show more content…
This is a logical and rational idea and point. However, Huck does not find this point relevant and would prefer not to waste his breath, stating, “I see it warn’t no use wasting words—you can’t learn a nigger to argue. So I quit” (Twain 83). Twain also adds a subtle use of satire on racism. If all men are the same, then why are some of them enslaved? This is a turning point in Huck and Jim’s relationship. Huck originally views Jim as property and uneducated, however eventually Huck starts to realize that Jim actually has ideas and feelings. Jim is capable of making intelligent arguments using logic and reasoning. In addition, Huck states he is well-educated, “I had been to school most all the time and could spell and read and write just a little, and could say the multiplication table up to six times seven is thirty-five, and I don’t reckon I could ever get any further than that if I was to live forever. I don’t take no stock in mathematics, anyway” (Twain 16). Verbal irony is prevalent because Hucks answer to six times seven is erroneous. Twain’s humor as seen in Huck’s ignorance is used to criticize, expose, and support the idea that even the educated are unintelligent. Books do not always capture reality and eventually Huck is able to abandon reasoning through books and focus more on the practical experience he learns from Jim. In Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer’s character serves as a
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