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Examples Of Irony In Huckleberry Finn

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Hannah Cluff Mr. Tuttle 11th English 23 September 2017 Irony in Huckleberry Finn The first type of irony is known as verbal irony. This is used when someone is saying the opposite of what they mean, however, not all verbal irony is sarcastic. In the book The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, there are several point where Huck himself or other characters have used verbal irony. For instance, when huck says “ They asked us considerable many question; wanted to know what we covered up the rast that way for, and laid by in the daytime instead of running-was Jim a runaway nigger? Says I: ‘Goodness sakes, would away nigger run south?’ No, they allowed he wouldn’t.” (page 124). In this particular moment Huck is using his mistake to hide their plot. He wasn’t deliberately trying to go south but had done something wrong finding his way. Situational irony is when something happens that you would expect to go…show more content…
When Huck was found by Bucks family he had told them his name was George Jackson in fear that they may have heard about Huck and his actual story, so he asks Buck if he knew how to spell his name; “Can you spell Buck?” “Yes,” He says. “I bet you can’t spell my name” says I. “I bet you what you dare I can,” says he. “All right,” says I, “go ahead.” “G-e-o-r-g-e J-a-x-o-n--there now,” he says. “Well,” says I,”you done it, but I didn’t think you could. I ain’t no slouch of a name to spell-right off without studying.”(Page 99) . Huck does this so he might know how to spell his name if someone gets suspicious of his identity. Earlier on in the book Huck dressed as a girl so he could go get some information from a woman that had just moved to the town he had “died” in. She later became suspicious of him and Huck ended up having three different names, he figured this time he would be more careful and know his name inside and out without Buck having a clue what Huck was
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