"The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin" paper ecompassing Satire on Religion human greed and racism.

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In the mid- 1800"'"s the United States was deeply entrenched in a battle between North and South, urban life versus small town life, aristocrats versus the common man, man versus women and modern ideologies with ideologies long begotten. Mark Twain decided to set his piece of great American literature, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", in this time period. On the outside, "the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", reads like a humorous book about the antics of two children and their crazy adventures. But if you get to the heart of it, Twain did not just write this book to be jocular or to appease people, he wrote this book as a satire and critical analysis of Western life during his life and the periods preceding his life. Twain comments on the views that society generally expresses. In the novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", by Mark Twain, Twain explicitly satirizes and comments on religion, people's greed and racism.

Huckleberry Finn is a backward hick from Missouri, but if he is one thing, it is kind hearted and moral. Huckleberry is a foil to many of the characters of the book, because Huck, even though he has a sizable fortune, does not need the money to live. Huck has six thousand dollars and runs away without a penny to his name. This quality is inherently different than Huckleberry's father, Pa, who wants to visit Huck for the sole purpose of ill-using Huck for his money. Huck's father is an alcoholic drunkard, who is as ignorant and boorish as man come. "I hain't heard nothing but about you bein' rich. I heard about it away down the river, too. That's why I come. You git me that money tomorrow - I want it." ( 21) Huck's father does...