Satire In American Literature
Satire in Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is not only a good book, but also a book which points out prejudice and ridicules those who have those prejudice opinions. This novel is one that definitely leaves you thinking. It even may change your perspective on certain topics. Satire is shown throughout this story to point out many different prejudice thoughts back in 884 when the novel was written.
One of the satire components used in Hack Finn is racism. Twain was strongly against slavery, which he wrote about in his book. The relationship that Jim and Hack have throughout this novel is quite ironic. The whole time Hack struggles to do what is right in society by turning poor Jim in as a runaway slave, or doing what is morally right, which is helping his friend.
People will call him a low-down abolitionist and despise him for keeping mum-?but that don’t make no difference. I into a-going to tell, and into a- going back there, anyways” (p. 57). Even though Hack is going to face some serious consequences, he is still willing to help his black friend. This is satire because of the irony it’s a young, racist, white boy who is helping a black slave escape. This battle of right and wrong is fought throughout Huckleberry Finn.
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