Satire In Huckleberry Finn Research Paper

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Satire is a genre of literature in which individuals are ridiculed. It is used to point out the faults and stupidity of humanity. In the novel The Adventures in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck gets introduced to the King, Duke, and the Phelps. Huck starts to notice the flaws of humanity. Twain reveals the faults of society and religion.
Twain introduces the gullibility of human nature. The King and Duke arrive at a town and found out a man named Peter Wilks who has a lot of fortune. The townspeople are mourning over his death and the King sees an opportunity to get rich. They called themselves the Wilks’ brothers. Huck stated, “Well, the men gethered around, and sympathized with them, and said all sorts of kind things to them, and carried their carpet-bags up the hill for them, and let them lean on them and cry…”(Twain 164). In normal circumstances the townspeople should have doubted the two con men but instead they believed that they were the Wilk’s brother. Twain shows that
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They got caught when Tom got shot in the leg and needed urgent care. The townspeople found Jim and locked him up again. Tom was upset that their plan did not work and wanted them to set Jim free. Tom states, “I’ve knowed him all his life, and so has Tom, there. Old Miss Watson died two months ago, and she was ashamed she ever was going to sell him down the river, and said so; and she set him free in her will” (Twain 289). Twain illustrates the idea of Miss Watson feeling guilty and freed Jim. Even though she is a christian woman who seems to own a slave, it doesn’t make her a bad person but falls into the conformity of society.
Twain used satire throughout his whole novel to reveal the truth about society. He criticized the stupidity of humanity. He also builds the idea of people who do seem to own slaves, are not necessarily bad people. With Miss Watson being a christian women, in the end she feels guilty and does the right
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