The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn

Cite four examples of satire that Twain uses in Huckleberry Finn.

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Twain uses satire to mock the institution of slavery. He does this using Huck's close relationship with the very sympathetic character of Jim.

Twain also satirizes the "good Christian woman". Miss Watson feels guilty for trying to sell Jim and gives him his freedom in her will. This is found out after all the adventure and schemes to get Jim to freedom.    

We see a satire of old Southern families being stubborn and ridiculous through family feuds. The Shepardsons and Grangerfords are a pair of feuding families, although nobody can quite remember why the families are even fighting.    

Twain also satirizes the mob mentality of a town through the Boggs and Sherburn incident. When Sherburn kills Boggs over an argument, the town feels it is their collective right to kill Colonel Sherburn for his crimes.