Satire In Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain uses his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, to explore and satirize many problems facing American society; as religion, civilization, and mob mentality: to prove a point and to try to change the reader?s opinion about the subject. Twain attacks religion when Huck decides prays and decides that it is just a waste of time. He mocks the gullibility of ?civilized people? when the Dauphin easily deceives the religious crowd. Lastly, he derides the hypocrisy of mobs when the mob attacks the Duke and Dauphin.
During the time period in which The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is written, religion is an integral part of civilization. Huck?s guardian, Widow Douglas, preaches to him about Moses. Huck didn?t think much of her lecture. He says, ?Here she was a bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone you see? (Twain3). Twain speaks, through Huck, declaring religion, at least as it was taught, to be irrelevant to the average persons life. Not much later Huck finds that prayer has never done him any good, and he cant see that it has helped many others either. Through Hucks eyes we see that Twain opposes
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