Satire In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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As with most works of literature, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn uses several themes that are incorporated with the central plot in the story. The story is about a young boy named Huckleberry Finn, and a former slave on the run named Jim. And the development of the characters during their adventure down the Mississippi River puts them into many different situations that go against social normality. What Huck and Jim hope to find is freedom, and this freedom is different from the existing civilization along the river. Twain combines and contrasts themes throughout the novel, twain uses satire and burlesque for the purposes of humor. Freedom versus civilization is the main theme of the novel, it is illustrated through several parts of the story, including Tom Sawyer’s idealism versus Huckleberry Finn’s Realism. Romanticism is a literary use that Mark Twain uses in his novel By the end of the 1870s, the great age of Romanticism appeared to be reaching its max. William Dean Howells described the new movement as "nothing more and nothing less than the truthful treatment of material." A new brand of literature emerged from Romanticism, and this literature attacked authors. The attack was not surprising, for…show more content…
When the boys come together at the beginning of the novel to create a band of robbers, Tom tells his gang that if anyone told their secrets, the gang would kill the boy and his entire family. The use of hyperbole with the gang gives the novel a sense of humor; however, when the gang succeeds in terrorizing a picnic, Twain succeeds to exaggerate in the novel. The more Tom tries to convince Huck and the rest of the boys that they are stealing jewelry from Arabs and Spaniards, the more ridiculous his stories become. After the gang steals turnips and Tom labels them as jewelry, Huck finally decides to give up because he could not see any reward in the
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