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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Transcript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author:: Mark Twain
November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

Written: 1876–1883

Setting: Mississippi River along Missouri and Illinois

" What was the trouble about, Buck? Land?..... Well, who done the shooting? - was it a Grangerford or Shepherdons?" "Laws, how do I know? it was so long ago." (Twain 82)
Duke and Dauphin
"So the next day after the funeral...the girls' joy got the first jolt. A couple of nigger-traders come along, and the king sold them niggers...and away they went, the two sons up river to Memphis, and their mother down the river to New Orleans. I thought them poor girls them niggers would break their hearts for grief." (Twain 243).
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Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Background information
Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Comedy allows the author, Mark Twain, to reveal the flaws of society. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn uses the power of comedy to mock society. This is called satire.

Because of the feud between these two families, which led to Buck's death, Huck is able to accept that though some people are rich, it doesn't mean they are good.

Being "civilized" or rich does not exclude a person from having ignorance. This is proved through the pointless feud the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons fought for thirty years.

Twain uses satire through these families to show the loss of life and ridiculous characteristics of feuding.

Both the Duke and Dauphin are con artists.
They have committed fraud numerous times in an effort to get rich and target mainly the innocent and naive.

Mark Twain brings up the topic of greed through satire for the poor turned rich.

They aren't happy with a single pool, they must have the entire ocean.

Sherburn and Boggs

Works Cited
"Twain Publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 14
Mar. 2014. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
New York: Bantam Dell A Division of Random House
Inc.,2003. Print .

"Some sung out “Tear down the fence! tear down the fence!” !” Then there was a racket of ripping and tearing and smashing, and down she goes, and the front wall of the crowd begins to roll in like a wave. (Twain 260).

Twain mocks the way human nature lean towards mob mentality rather than reason.
The circus

“Knock him down! throw him out!” (Twain 144).

Huck goes to the circus after experiencing a mob scene. He watched various acts performed that were exciting and wild. Then, a drunk came into the ring claiming to be a great rider, and the people hollered and made fun of him.

How uncivilized can the "civilized" be?

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