An interactive data visualization of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn's plot and themes. He would later incorporate his formative experiences of the institution of slavery into his writings.
Satire is the use of strategies such as irony, sarcasm, humor and the like to ridicule something. In this novel, Twain uses satire to mock aspects of society as a whole in that time period.
First, irony is the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.
At the very beginning of the novel, it is prevalent that his juvenile peers idolize Tom Sawyer. Tom and his boys pretended to be pirates and go on different adventures.
Throughout the first couple chapters, Huck shares his thoughts on Tom. Huck viewed Tom as a genius. The irony in this situation is that while Huck regards Tom so highly, Huck is the one that makes the more rational decisions.
Towards the end of the novel when Tom and Huck were reunited, Huck had the same way of regarding Tom as he did at the beginning. However, Tom still viewed everything as a game. The fact that Huck made wiser, more intelligent decisions and still viewed Tom as the superior friend highlights his deformed conscience.
Another ironic moment in the novel occurs during the scene where a snake bites Jim. Huck is saying that he would rather of be bitten by a venomous snake than spend time with his drunken father. This is ironic because Huck is giving the reader an insight on how little he cares for his father.
Most children regard their parents extremely highly. This statement from Huck highlights his deformed conscience because he admits that he would rather be physically harmed than be with his own father. Overall, irony is a key strategy that Twain uses to create satire.
Next, the process by which Twain describes the personality and traits of his characters is known as characterization. Huck Finn, the protagonist in the novel, was a young boy growing up in the South when slavery was at its pinnacle. Huck, a white boy, appears to have a decent education.
It is clear to the reader than Jim is uneducated. Twain portrays Jim as the stereotypical dumb black man, common for that time period.In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.
In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.
Literary Devices in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Picaresque Structure: Once Jim and Huck escape on the raft, the novel takes on an episodic structure that follows their visits to various places along the Mississippi River.
Mark Twain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Controversy Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, is a highly recognizable figure in American literature.
Born in Florida, Missouri Mark Twain and his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri where Twain discovered and fell in love with the mighty Mississippi River. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or, in more recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in .
Likewise, Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, uses an abundance of literary elements to highlight how the adults in the novel influence Huck’s perspective on life. Twain’s capital literary element to accomplish this feat is satire.