Rhetorical Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer '

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Humorous Uses of Hypocrisy in Mark Twain’s Novels In Mark Twain’ diary, he quotes: “I am not an American, I am the American” (Mark Twain’s notebook 1) in his notebook from his friend. His literature sense definitely proved he is the American, and his humor is unique with irony in American society. In his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, hypocrisy is reflected well by Twain’s humor. Mark Twain claims in his letter to a friend about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: “It is not a boy’s book, at all. It will only be read by adults. It is only written for adults” (1). Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a novel about youths, but it reviews great truths and philosophy of the society. The book is too profound for children to understand the moral. The author uses the view of a child to express the humor of the implication of youth’s behavior, the religious irony, and the hypocritical society. As the whole story is told by the voice of a teenager, many teenagers’ behaviors are also expressed in Mark Twain’s language of humor. For example, Tom is a naughty boy and hardly ever listens to his Aunt Polly, and there comes the punishment: Tom has to whitewash the fence. The playful boy will never work while others are enjoying the beautiful sunny afternoon; therefore, he draws the innocent kids into whitewash for him by pretending it is joyful. His ingenious language is described in the following quote: “Tom employs language as a means to

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