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English IV AP

Huckleberry Finn Essay
In Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Twain uses many examples of irony to display his work. A lot of his examples are humorous but a lot are also not-so-humorous. However, all of his examples of irony help create the fine piece of work that Huckleberry Finn is. One example of humorous irony used in Huckleberry Finn comes in Chapter 10. Twain writes, "His foot swelled up pretty big, and so did his leg; but by and by the drunk begun to come, and so I judged he was all right; but I'd druther been bit with a snake than pap's whisky." Twain uses humor to make Pap’s serious drinking problem not seem so bad. Huck is inadvertently demonstrating how little he cares for his Pap, by saying he'd rather be bitten by a snake than be drunk off of his whiskey. An example of not-so-humorous irony is displayed in chapter 9. Huck states, "When we was ready to shove off we was a quarter of a mile below the island, and it was pretty broad day; so I made Jim lay down in the canoe and cover up with a quilt, because if he set up people could tell he was a nigger a good ways off”(58.) Twain does not use humor in this example to point out how serious it was for Huck Finn to be seen with a black man. But also, Huck incorrectly assumes that people can distinguish a black person from a white person from a significant distance. At this point, he still holds the belief that blacks are essentially different from whites. Another example of humorous irony used by Twain in Huckleberry Finn is portrayed in chapter 19. Twain writes, ..."we was always naked, day and night, whenever the mosquitoes would let us-the new clothes Buck's folks made for me was too good to be comfortable, and besides I didn't go much on clothes, nohow” (121.) Mark Twain uses humor such as stating Huck didn’t need something such as clothes to fit in and he’s happy where he is. This quote also shows how Huck turns down the chance to assimilate with...
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