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To understand Mark Twains cynicism in The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn one must understand what satire is It can be defined as a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn and to expose and discredit vice or folly Satire is the tool that Twain employs in his novel to exaggerate and make fun of the many problems facing American society Some of the major aspects of society that Twain attacks are religion slavery and human nature itself Religion is one of the main victims of Twains satire The satire is visible when the Widow Douglas tells Huck about Moses When the widow starts a-bothering about Moses Huck doesnt understand why she cares about him so much since he was of no kin to her Later in the novel Huck realizes that prayer has never done anything good for him and he cannot see that it has done anything for many others either Huck concludes that hell go to hell because he doesnt want to pray and do the wrong thing Through Huck Twain is able to attack the blind faith that civilized society places toward religion The King and the Duke are perfect people for Twain to express his satire They are frauds that make their money by deceiving people Twain goes on to satirize human nature through the towns reaction to the Royal Nonesuch with the King and the Duke Instead of running the frauds out of town as soon as they realize that they were being robbed the towns people let them stay and encouraged others to go see the show as well so that they would not be the only ones taken in by fraud At this point Twain exaggerates the distance people will go so that they will not be the only ones fooled When however the King and Duke are finally captured they pay for their sins by being tarred and feathered Even though Huck
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