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Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Essays In the Style of Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is said to be " the source from which all great American literature has stemmed" (Smith 127). This is in part attributed to Mark Twain's ability to use humor and satire, as well as incorporating serious subject matter into his work. Throughout the novel Twain takes on the serious issue of Huck's moral dilemma. One such issue which is particularly important in the novel is pointed out by Smith: He swears and smokes, but he has a set of ethics all his own. He believes that slaves belong to their rightful owners, yet in his honest gratitude toward his friend Jim, he helps him to escape the bonds of slavery. (181) This is something that tears at Huck throughout the novel and helps Twain show how complex Huck's character really is. ...read more.

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Huck was kidnaped from the Widow Douglas by his father who had heard of his inheritance. Huck's father then took him to a cabin far away in the woods where he kept the boy a prisoner, beating him and half starving him. Twain tells us how Huck felt about life with his father: Before long Huck began to wonder why he had even liked living with the widow. With his father he could smoke and swear all he wanted, and his life would have been quiet pleasant if it had not been for all of the constant beatings. (156) Huck would soon after grow tired of the beatings and fakes his death to escape the cabin. The humorous side of Twain is probably what he is most well known for. ...read more.

Conclusion

Religious satire is another aspect that Twain uses. An easy illustration of this is the Widow's attempt to teach Huck religious principles while she persists on keeping slaves. "Huck's principles of morality make him more 'Christian' than the Widow even though he takes no interest in her lifeless principles"(Bernadette 288). Twain's humor has been mistaken by some to be racist or politically incorrect. "The humor of Mark Twain contains a sense of the incongruous which frontiersmen felt in a region where civilization and uncultivated nature come face to face" (McGill 95). In conclusion I think that the style and structure of Mark Twain's work not only exemplifies him as a humorist but as a serious writer as well ; a writer who cannot be Curran 4 categorized by any one aspect of his writing. "To remember him only as a creator of boyhood adventure or as a relic of an American frontier or the voice of idiosyncracy is to do him disservice" (McGill 211). ...read more.

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