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The Satire of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain proves himself a literary genius with the novel Huckleberry Finn At first glance the novel appears quite innocently filled with wild adventures centered on the two main characters Huckleberry Finn an unruly young boy and Jim a black runaway slave A closer examination of this novel reveals that many of the comments have deeper meaning filled with satire concerning mostly the views of society at that present time Twains notice to persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted clearly defines the sardonic tone of the novel he wishes to create Throughout the novel Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain satirizes white societys stereotypes attraction towards crass humor and their hypocrisy There are many statements on the stereotypes that most white people had of black people during that time period Twain attempts to discreetly ridicule society with his many satirical comments Huckleberry Finns upbringing teaches him that black people are essentially different from white people He expresses this through one of his many comical statements when we was ready to shove off we was a quarter of a mile below the island and it was pretty broad day so I made Jim lay down in the canoe and cover up with a quilt because if he set up people could tell he was a nigger a good ways off Pg 66 Huckleberry Finn assumes that people can distinguish a black person from a distance implying a vast difference in races however as the book progresses his prejudices dissolve as he befriends the runaway slave Jim In the second example Huckleberry is speaking of Jim in the quotation he judged it was all up with him anyway it could be fixed for if he didnt get saved he would get drowned and if he did get saved whoever saved him would send him back home so as to get the reward and then Miss Watson would
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