Huck Finn Humor Analysis

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Mark Twain’s many running themes are displayed to add to the character’s that are portrayed. Twain uses things such as humor, false hoods, and religion to flesh out his main cast of vagabonds. Although Twain displays humor as a way to lighten the mood of the book, it instead reveals the inner darkness of his real messages about religion, education, and slavery. Twain pokes fun at the way people thought of religion back then. He talks about the way Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas try to educate Huck on prayer. "She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it. But it warn't so. I tried it. Once I got a fish-line, but no hooks[...]I asked Miss Watson to try for me, but she said I was a fool” (Twain 11). This is a bit of dramatic irony because, no one ever told Huck that he was supposed to pray for things such as happiness, love, or…show more content…
He uses the innocent boy to show the difference between a wild boy, like Huck, and an educated boy, like Tom. “ [...] Kill the women? No; nobody ever saw anything in the books like that. You fetch them to the cave, and you’re always as polite as pie to them; and by and by they fall in love with you and never want to go home any more”(Twain 9). Tom believes that this is what real robbers are like because it’s what he has read in books. While Tom is educated he has no common sense, and Huck, who is relatively uneducated, has much more common sense and makes his way in the world better because of it. The two worlds of Huck and Tom have many differences in the way that they are run, one is purely on what Huck can observe and the other on what Tom hears from others. “[...] I’ve read all the books that gives any information about these things.” (Twain 243). Tom is going off of books which is not always smart. Instinct is truly what Huck goes on and it keeps him alive in the

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