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The journey taken by two people down a river is rarely thought of as anything more than just an adventure However Mark Twain uses his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to explore and poke fun of many problems facing American society Huck the main character is considered an uneducated boy who is constantly under pressure to conform to the civilized aspects of society Jim who accompanies Huck is a runaway slave seeking freedom from the world that has denied it to him for so long In his novel Twain uses satire to demonstrate many of civilizations problems In the beginning of the story Huck sneaks away from his home to play with Tom Sawyer and his friends The boys start a gang and decide that one of the things they will do is kidnap people and hold them for ransom The boys quickly discover that they cannot ransom anyone because they dont know what ransom means Tom has a theory as to the meaning of the word But peraps if we keep them till theyre ransomed it means that we keep them till theyre dead12 Without any doubts all of the boys agree with this meaning of the word In this segment of the novel Twain uses satire to demonstrate that even though something may be truly wrong if civilization or society adopts it to be true then it is believed to be true Twain may be specifically using the issue of slavery as his target in this instance of satire During the time period in which The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written religion was as much a part of civilization as was an education Religion is one of the key victims of Twains satire throughout the novel This satire is no more apparent then when Hucks guardian the Widow Douglas preaches to him about Moses Huck didnt think very much of her lecture Here she was a-bothering about
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