Huckleberry Finn Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Quotes Paraphrase or summary Rhetorical strategies Effect/Function
"So the King went all through the crow with his hat, swabbing his yes, and blessing the people and praising them and thanking them for being so good to the poor pirates away off there?"

In chapter 20, Huck and the King goes to a camp meeting full of thousands of people gathered singing hymn and listening to sermons. The crowd goes wild after the preacher starts preaching, soon enough, the king joins the crowd and uses as his advantage to con them. The king starts conning the crowd claiming that he is a reformed pirate who needs money to travel and convert other pirates to Christianity. This is where he pretends to cry and collects money from the people. Irony
Theme: Religion
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Huck thinks to himself how foolish the town people are for them to be conned by their trap. Reoccurring motifs:
Society

Personal growth Society exploitation is prevalent throughout chapter 24. Although Huck always knew the King and the Duke were shrewd and sly, the con they pulled against the Wilkin’s family was at another level of evil. Defrauding the Wilkin’s family and stealing their inheritance was a little too much for Huck and made him reflect upon the nature of humanity. As readers, we finally see Huck maturing as an adult who is ashamed of mischievous actions being conducted by others.
“Hamlet’s Soliloquy. You know—the most famous lines in all of Shakespeare. Ah, it’s fantastic! Fantastic! The audience always loves it.” The event of this quote takes place when the King and the Duke practices to perform Shakespeare in the next town they pass. Allusion
Irony A reference to Shakespeare is noted in this chapter for a certain reason. Mark Twain uses allusions to amuse the readers and inserts a comedic/ironic situation. In this chapter, the King and the Duke pretends to be intelligent by adding the Shakespearian elements to the play; however, it is humorous to see these fraud characters conning people who are unable to notice the
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