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Humor Mark Twain once wrote while in a different mode is only a fragrance a decoration If it is really to succeed in survival it must surreptitiously teach and preach qtd Howells 211 Mark Twain exposes the evil in society by satirizing the institutions of religion education and slavery One of Twains many techniques in writing involve his way of making a point without one knowing whether or not he is kidding He satirizes religion throughout the novel using Huck who does not see the point of the whole thing The same goes for education showing that the most learned of characters arent always necessarily the smartest ones Then there is the constant relevance of slavery with Twain placing Jim as Hucks companion In this novel the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson whom Huck lives with are always trying to teach Huck the importance of religion Huck wasnt raised with religion so he doesnt understand its relevance or why it is so important to them he does however humor the women and would attempt praying She told me to pray every day and whatever I asked for I would get But it warnt so I tried it Once I got a fish line but no hooks It warnt no good to me without hooks I tried for the hooks three or four times But somehow I couldnt make it work Twain 19 As far as Huck can see not everyones prayers get answered so he sees no reason for it Then theres the Grangerfords and Sheperdsons This pair of feuding families cant even recall why they started killing each other in the first place nor do they know who started it still go peacefully to church Next Sunday we all went to church The men took their guns so did Buck and kept them between their knees or stood them
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