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DiscussTwains use of contrasting ideas or character foilsHuck Finn Essay Mark Twain was without question the finest satirist of his timeThrough his writing one can see a deeper morality than most of his timeheld His novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was no exception heused his gift of satire to show the flaws of the people around him Hecontrasted the illusion of freedom to reality ignorance withenlightenment and what is perceived as good to what is truly good The illusion of freedom is a powerful one it allows people -- inthis case Huck -- to rest in a false sense of control over ones ownlife When Huck is with Widow Douglas he feels that he can sneak out atnight and be himself but she is constantly trying to control his everymove After he and Pap leave society he feels free from itsconstrictions but he was kept under a rule that was stricter thanbefore After he ran away he felt he was finally free but he had toconstantly hide and stay in certain places to avoid being caught In anote of irony the only place he is truly free is on the raft the mostphysically confining place he can possibly be Another powerful illusion of mankind is that people typicallybelieve they are more intelligent than they truly are Many falselybelieve themselves to always be correct and are unable to see their mistakes even when they are in plain view in front of them When TomSawyer and the other children form a band of robbers near the beginningof the novel they arent dismayed by the fact that they dont know whatransom is and they have full confidence in their amazing abilities tomisunderstand and incorrectly apply the stories theyve read The kingand duke use this illusion against the people by profiting off theirignorance by putting on shows that appeal to the publics attraction tocrass humor Another piece of irony is that the two most intelligentpeople in the novel
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