Huck Finn

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Huck Finn

Two people taking a trip down a river, is rarely thought of as anything more than just an
adventure. Mark Twain, however, uses his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, to
explore and makes fun of many problems facing American society. Huck, the main character,
is considered a boy who is under pressure to conform to the aspects of society. Jim, who
comes along with Huck, is a runaway slave seeking freedom from the world that has been
denied it to him for so long. Throughout the entire novel Twain uses satire to show
problems with society.


Early in the novel, Huck scampers away with his good friend Tom and his other buddies. The
boys form a gang and then decide one of their tasks in the gang will be to kidnap people
and, hold them for ransom. The problem with their plan to kidnap people and hold them for
ransom is their misunderstanding of the word "ransom". Tom has a relative idea what the
word means, "But per'aps if we keep them till they're ransomed, it means that we keep them
till they're dead."(12) All of the boys go along with Tom‘s meaning because he is the
leader. In this part of the novel, Twain uses satire to show that even though something
may be truly wrong, if society adopts it to be true, then it is known to be true.
Throughout the book Twain‘s issue is with slavery, in this instance of satire.


During the time period in which The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written, religion
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