Satire Of Religion In Huck Finn

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In Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain concentrates on religion and slavery as a social issue that guides people's decisions and lifestyles. Twain satirizes organized religion and slavery through the eyes of a thirteen-year old boy named Huck Finn. Satire and hypocrisy allow readers to understand his opinions on the two topics. Throughout the novel, readers witness the growth of Huck as he battles his ideas of religion and freedom during his many ordeals. His decisions that he made while on his journeys on the Mississippi were impacted by his longing for liberty and the idea of Christianity. In this novel, Twain exploits religion through characters' decisions and exposes their hypocrisy to satirize religion, a critical issue of the past and present. Slavery was the way of life for many Southerners and almost all African Americans. Those who did not partake in this destructive lifestyle were still affected by the choices people made regarding slavery. Slaves were treated as property by virtually all whites living in the South, and some Northerners looked down on them. Twain's use of a teenage boy from the South is intelligent. Huck's adopted guardian, The Widow Douglas, has somewhat Christianized him. However, he rejects her idea of religion when he realizes praying would not get him what he wanted. "Then Miss Watson took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing comes of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I
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