Examples Of Satire In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Satire in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
It is hard to fathom how such a serious lesson can be taught by using satire. Somehow Mark Twain accomplishes this through his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The main characters in the novel are a runaway boy named Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim. In the story, Huckleberry Finn is mostly referred to as “Huck.” The story is about Huck, a boy who fakes his own death and runs away from home because of an abusive father. To escape his father, he floats down the Mississippi River. Shortly after starting his voyage, he picks up Jim, the runaway slave. The two experience many trials throughout their journey. As Huck slowly distinguishes between right and wrong, he is faced
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By its very definition, satire is the ridicule of human vices and foibles, and this Twain provides in abundance. By doing so, Twain is able to lighten the tone of the book that might otherwise come across as heavy or didactic. As a result, this book that could bore a person with such a morals-heavy lesson instead provides comedy.
Also, Twain furthers his point in through the use of hyperbole. A hyperbole is an exaggeration used specifically for the purpose of creating comedic effect. Twain uses hyperboles to emphasize what is right and wrong through the eyes of different people. One such example is Huck’s statement, “All right, then, I’ll go to hell” (217). At this point, Huck debates whether or not he should help Jim. When Huck decides he will help Jim, he exaggerates his punishment; he certainly would not be damned to hell for helping Jim. This shows the idiotic views that society has pushed on Huck. Huck is a young impressionable boy that society has taught to feel guilty about something that is morally right. Another example of a hyperbole is found earlier in the novel as Huck’s father says, “The law takes a man worth six thousand dollars and up’ards, and jams him into an old trap of a cabin like this, and lets him go round in clothes that ain’t fitten for a hog” (28). Huck’s father exaggerates how badly the law is treating him when, in actuality, none of that is really true. While criticizing stupidity, this example
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