The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

what is twain's satiric purpose in writing the one passage describing emmeline's room and poetry.

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Emmeline frequently wrote poetry about dead people. The Grangerford family keeps her room untouched like a memorial to their dead daughter. Their whole house is also a memorial to a dead past of Southern gentry. This "dead" theme, an unable to move on, is satirized through this section.