Huck Finn Satire Essay

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Satire in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Many authors use satire to discuss issues in society that they have opinions on. These authors express their opinions by mocking the issues in a subtle way in their writing. Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain satirizes many societal elements. Three of these issues include the institution of slavery, organized religion, and education. By satirizing slavery and the prejudice placed against blacks in Huck's society, Twain takes a stance against these institutions. There are many situations throughout the novel that mock slavery in different ways. Miss Watson's telling Huck to "pray every day," (10) yet she owned a slave "named Jim" (4). Miss Watson is portrayed as a …show more content…
This causes him to be frustrated and to start resenting prayer and religion altogether. Later, when Huck contemplates turning Jim in, he has an epiphany. Huck decided to get "a piece of paper and a pencil," (213) and write a letter to Miss Watson, but he began to think about his actions, and he decided that he will "go to hell" (214) anyway, so he "tore it up" (214). Organized religion and society has taught Huck that turning Jim in is the right thing to do, but he cannot bring himself to do it. Huck realizes that everyone's life is important. Huck's life-changing realization represents Twain's own opinion on the issue of slavery. By mocking the issue of education, Twain's own ideas are incorporated into the novel. When Tom and Huck form a gang, Tom is chosen as the leader. When asked what "ransomed" (8) means, Tom claims that he does not know but they have "got to do" (9) it, because he has "seen it in books" (9). The gang blindly follows Tom's orders because he is the most educated out of the group. They believe that Tom's education automatically makes him more intelligent than them. Later in the novel, Jim gets captured by the Phelps family. While trying to break Jim out of his temporary jail, Tom claims that they must use "picks and shovels" and not "modern conveniences" because it will be more authentic to a real jail-break (243). Huck goes along with Tom's overly-elaborate and inconvenient plan to free Jim because he believes that

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