The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel written by Mark Twain, is an important literary work because of it's use of satire. It is a story written about a boy, Huck, in search of freedom and adventure. In the beginning of the story you learn what has happened since The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Huck and Tom found a hidden treasure that was later invested for them. Huck was taken in by Mrs. Watson, who attempted to teach him religion and proper manners, but was taken away when his father returned. Pap, being a drunk and abusive father, imprisons Huck because he wants the money Huck has invested for him. Huck fakes his own death and hides out on Jackson's Island, where he discovers Jim, Mrs. Watson's former slave, is also hiding. Jim…show more content…
Why can't the widow get back her silver snuff box that was stole?” (Twain 14) Throughout the novel religion is being forced upon Huck. Huck is questioning the validity of their beliefs. I believe this is an example of satire because despite Huck's disbelief in religion, it is still forced upon him. It is too often, in my opinion, that people think everyone must have the same beliefs. This use of satire may affect the reader by showing them how many civilizations are unwilling to except change and difference. Another example of satire is shown through Jargon. Jargon is a specialized language concerned with a particular subject, culture, or profession, or language characterized by syntax, vocabulary, or meaning. Jim uses a specialized language because he has no former education. This is shown when Jim says, “I daan' want to go fool'n 'longer no wrack. We's doin' blame' well, and we better let blame' well as long as the good book says.” (Twain 79) Twain uses this satirical device device of Jargon in this selection to show that Jim speaks the way he does because he has not been given the opportunity to go to school and become properly educated. Parallelism is defined as a set of similarly structured words, phrases, or clauses. When Huck is explaining how nervous they were when they were nearly caught he says, “we didn't touch an oar,

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