The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about a young boy who challenges his morals, and role in society. It is set in the late sass where slavery is a huge problem in the e south at this time and social norms are conflicted. Twain challenges religion, and slavery in the southern society during this time using satire and morals collide. In Hack Finn Twain us sees an example of Miss Watson and The Widow Douglas with their religion Jim is challenged b y slavery and its effect on daily life.
Twain criticizes all these instances in this time period SSI g satire. Body Paragraph #1 Topic Sentence (relates directly to your thesis): II. Twain satirized religion A. The Widow Douglas and Miss Watson 1. Miss Watson prayers are never answered 2. Widow Douglas tucks her head down to pray before meals During the time period in which The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is written , religion is a huge part of civilization. Husk’s guardian, Widow Douglas, preaches to him ABA out Moses.
He says, “Here she was a bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and n o use to anybody, being gone you see (Twain 3). ” Twain speaks, through Rack, saying that religion is relevant to the average person’s life. Not much later Hack finds that prayer has never done him any good, and he can’t see that it has helped many others either. Through h Husk’s eyes we see that Twain opposes the blind faith put in the church teachings.
He also finds that religion’s supposed selfless spirit clashes with the reality of our cultivated human nature, as Hack clearly illustrates this through his constant remarks that he doesn’t s e what’s in It (religion) for him. Twain uses Hack to exhibit his objection to the blind faith the at civilized society places towards religion. B. The Exaggerators and the Sheepherders “The men took their guns along, so did Buck, and kept them between their ink sees or stood them handy against the wall.
The Sheepherders done the same. It was pretty ornery preaching about brotherly love, and suchliketiredsomeness; but everybody said it was a good sermon, and they all talked it over going home, and had such a powerful lot to say about faith and good works and free grace… (Twain 109). ” 1 . The feuding families sit calmly in church together The young Buck Shepherdess Exaggerator respects the Shepherdess, making t known that hey are certainly not cowards, but that he wants to kill them so bad, though he hardly knows why. . The families have forgotten the reason for their feud We see satire again in the novel through the idea of family feuds. The Shaper Dodson and Exaggerators are a pair of feuding families, and no one can remember why the eye are even fighting. Pointless and silly, commenting on the stupidity of human nature. Body Paragraph #2 IV. Twain satirized slavery First, Husk’s relationship with Jim shows the authors views on slavery. Hack w as taught at home and in school that slavery was a part of daily life.
He never found anything Eng wrong with the way slaves were treated. In the beginning of Hack and Jims journey Hack treats Jim in a normal way in the way that Jim is different from him. “When we was ready to shove off we was a quarter of a mile below the island, and it was pretty broad day; so I ma deism Lay down in the canoe and cover up with a quilt, because if he set up people could tell h a good ways off” (Twain 58).