August 26, 2013
In the novel Mark Twain uses the element of satire to explain various events and actions throughout the novel. Satire is a very common element used in his novels and by other authors but Twains use of it is most discussed. He uses it to describe the hypocrisy of Christianity by most people, also to satirize the idiocy and cruelty of the human society. And finally He uses it to describe a very important event in the novel and how pitiful a crowd is.
Satire occurs many times in this novel which adds a very entertaining aspect to the novel. One of which is in the beginning where Huck says “By and by they fetched the niggers in and had prayers, and then everybody was off to bed.”(Twain, 8). He points out the fact that Miss Watson wants to be a better Christian and a better person. But she owns slaves and says that they are property which by the definition of a good person she is not one. This a good example on how Twain uses satire to describe the hypocrisy of some people during that time.
Another way he uses satire is to describe the idiocy and cruelty of the human society during that time. The Man “See? He'll be drownded, and won't have nobody to blame for it but his own self. I reckon that's a considerable sight better'n killin' of him. I'm unfavorable to killin' a man as long as you can git aroun' it; it ain't good sense, it ain't good morals. Ain't I right?” (Twain, 98). This man was truly misguided and judges letting a man drown as a lesser crime than killing that man. This shows the complete idiocy and cruelty of human society during that time
Twain also use an event in chapter 22 from page 200 to 202 where Boggs enters the story and is calling out Sherburn to kill him. But when confronting he ends up being killed in front of his daughter by the guy who calling him out, Colonel Sherburn. The people then scream that they want to lynch him. He then...
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