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Humor In Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn depicts a young boy’s adventure along the Mississippi River to escape the restraints of civilization. This great American epic reiterates the nation’s principles “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” As a naive narrator and protagonist, Huck examines society’s problems while creating his own moral compass. In the picaresque novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain orchestrates literary devices with Huck’s maturity to reflect America’s community, values, and spirit. The protagonist’s picaro character alongside his sidekick Jim displays the untaimed qualities…show more content…
When free to think without the bond of education, Huck contemplates the reasons for doing right or wrong. The seemingly amusing question of “what’s the use you learning to do right, when it 's troublesome to do right and ain 't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same" provokes the development of his value system (128). Underneath the humor, Twain provides a complex idea of the reasons for actions. As a dishonest character, Huck journeys through life creating false identities; therefore, the commitment to tell the truth, despite consequences, signifies the growth of his ethicalness. Huck’s internal decision of him “going to chance it; I’ll up and tell the truth this time” to Miss Mary Jane about the duke and Dauphin being frauds adds a comical aspect because of the rarity of Huck’s honesty (239). Huck’s convictions of the culture begin to expand inside him, cultivating his values. Unlike other character’s, Huck’s code of conduct develops from seeing the injustices around him, not necessarily from the country’s laws. In Huck’s dialogue, there outwardly appears no change in Huck: “I don’t care shuck for the morality of it, nohow. When I start in to steal a nigger, or a watermelon, or a Sunday school book, I ain’t no ways particular how it’s done, so it’s done,” but beneath the entertainment…show more content…
As a potentially endless story, Huck concludes the epic by saying, “but I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before,” which leaves the protagonist seeking a new adventure (362). Twain is able to plow through to the injustices in the world with the vehicle of humor and the young driver Huck to alleviate the
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