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Throughout Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn there is a constant underlying satirical tone which demonstrates the cruelty of society towards the everyday citizens who just try to get by in life As see through the Boggs incident the circus and the Royal Nonesuch Mark Twain makes a clear statement that human society is unkind and inconsiderate In adding the otherwise superfluous incident of Boggs and Sherburn Mark Twain clearly illustrates the cruelty of society Boggs the town drunk states that he will chaw up Sherburn and later on threatens and demeans Sherburn with all the nasty words he can think of Sherburn warns Boggs to leave before one oclock or he would hunt him down giving Boggs a completely fair warning However the antagonist Boggs doesnt leave and is soon shot and killed Ironically the town witnessing the murder now intriguingly praises Boggs and now makes Sherburn the antagonist solely because he was trying to protect himself The crowd threatens to lynch Sherburn even though he didnt do anything wrong He only killed Boggs out of self-protection The town thus can be seen as cruel and shrewd for they jeer and demean anyone whom they seem fit By first antagonizing Boggs for being drunk and then attacking Sherburn for protecting himself Mark Twain exemplifies the cruelty of a society who seeks to oppress anyone possible Just as society is portrayed as oppressive through the Boggs incident it is also satirized through the circus which Huck attended For example the townsmen at the circus had no sympathy or care toward the supposedly drunk performer The minute he was on the horse begun to rip and tear and jump and cavort aroundthe drunk man hanging onto his neck and his heels flying in the air every jump and the whole crowd of people standing up shouting and laughing till the tears rolled downp112 No one in the crowd except Huck had the sense to worry
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