Satire and Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Flashcard Example #83644

Name 3 examples of satire
1. Two families are fine in church with the service about brotherly love.
2. Ms. Watson being a good christian women but owning slaves
3. Feud between the shepardsons and Grangersfields.
4. Pap has a motive to kill Huck and is known for being a drunk($200 reward). Jim has no motive and is placed with a ($300 reward)
Name 3 examples of Irony
1. Huck being educated then his dad not liking him
2. Irony with huck and the bread floating down the river
3. The Hogs go to the church anytime, but humans go when they have too
3 Motifs
1. Superstition
2. Religion
3. Nature
Themes
1. Freedom (being under his dad than the Widow)
2. Greed causes unhappiness
3. Wisdom does not come from a classroom or a book. It comes from experience and the heart.
4. Starting over may be the best option (when he escapes from his dad)
Symbols
1. The River (freedom-free from rules of society)
2. The steamboat and the Raft
3. Walter Scott
In chapter 32, Aunt Sally makes a scathing comment about how lucky it was no one got hurt in the incident even though a black man got killed. Through the exchange between Huck and Aunt Sally, Twain satirizes what two things most?
racism (does not see black people as humans, but as property) and hypocrisy (Aunt Sally, a good Christian woman, is very unloving towards slaves despite the Christian commandments on love)
In the end, the Miss Watson sets Jim free, what may Twain be satirizing here?
hypocrisy ( shows how hypocritical a good christian woman can be when it comes to owning a slave, but in the end she was consumed with guilt and set him free)
Towards the end of chapter 33, when the duke and king are tarred and feathered, Twain uses Huck to employ how human beings can be “awful cruel” to one another, what is Twain satirizing?
civilization (the moral code and way of life of people can be awfully cruel)
In chapter 17, Huck goes into detail about Emmeline’s pictures and poem. What is Twain satirizing here?
sentimentality and literary triteness (Emmeline is being overly dramatic in her poems and pictures and Huck also rambles on about her pictures, which is literary triteness)
In Chapter 18, the Grangerford’s visit church and listen to a sermon about brotherly love. What is Twain satirizing here?
Religion
Chapter 18 reveals information about the feud that has been going on for rougly 30 years between the Grangerford’s and the Shepherdsons. What does Twain satirize here?
Honor and chivalry( it’s ridiculous to kill several people over multiple generations just to keep the family honor and pride)
In chapter 20, the king tells about his transformation from a pirate to a christian. Everyone listening gave him money. What does Twain satirize through this scene?
gullibility (the king had no credibility or evidence, but everyone immediately believed him and gave him money)
In chapter 22, the whole town storms down to Colonel Sherburn’s house to lynch him because he killed Boggs. What does Twain satirize through the town’s actions?
Mob mentality (the whole town has no relation to the Sherburn and Boggs incident, yet they make the rash decision of storming down to Sherburn’s and declaring justice, something they would never do as individuals)
In chapter 35, Tom discusses his complicated, unwieldy and adventurous plans to set Jim free. Through Tom’s plans, Twain satirizes what?
romanticism (Tom fantasizes all these great plans to set Jim free, though how realistic is it that these plans would go out in a smooth way?)
and pseudo-intellectualism (Tom leads the plan to Jim’s escape and says Huck’s plans are ignorant, even though he doesn’t really know what he’s doing)
In the beginning of the book, Huck expresses his dislike of the widow, her house, and her way of living. What is Twain satirizing?
Civilization
The duke and the king’s scams for money is a way that Twain satirizes…
greed
In the first few chapters of the book, Huck’s pap returns to take Huck’s money. What is Twain satirizing through Huck’s pap and his motive?
greed
In a way, Huck and Jim’s superstitions may be Twain’s way of satirizing something. What do Huck and Jim’s superstitions satirize (in addition to their praying for materialistic things)
Religion (after praying for materialistic things and praying to get what he wants, Huck gives up on prayer. This resorts to his belief in superstitions, for example, the superstition that having a hairy chest means you will be rich. Twain satirizes religion through this because he implies prayer not working and pokes fun at how Huck quickly resorts to other forms of hope, like superstitions)
Hyperbole
An obvious and intentional exaggeration or understatement not to be taken literally
Understatement
Form of irony in which something is intentionally repressed as less than it is
Ex. Huck deserves his life living with his father
Parody
Imitates the serious matter and characteristics features of a particular work in order to make fun of those same features
Ex. paps speech with trouble with the government
Irony
Discrepancy between expectation and actuality
Ex. bread finding Huck alive in the river
Situational Irony
Occurs when a situation turns out differently from what expects
Verbal Irony
Occurs when a speaker or narrator says one thing what means the opposite
Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows more than the character knows
Pathos
Emotion, a quality in a work or a portion there of that makes the reader experiences sorrow, pity
Ex. Huck being chased around the kitchen by his father
Pun
A play in words that are identical or similar in sound and have sharply different meanings
Ex. Jim investing in “stock”

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