Satire in Huck Finn

Satire in Huck Finn
Satire- Using humor to
make a point about
society, people, an issue,
Irony, parody, exaggeration,
and reversal are all humor
techniques that are included
in satire.
Ch. 17-18
The episode with the
Grangerfords and
Shepherdsons is a prime
This entire episode satirizes
southern “aristocratic” values.
These wealthy families that
seem “civilized and gentle”
really aren’t. They are violent
and hypocritical.
Irony Example:
The families attend the same
church and hear a sermon on
“brotherly love.” Yet they have
all brought guns to church.
The families have feuded and
killed each other for
generations, yet no one can
remember why.
The families praise the bravery of
others, but value courage over
peace and life.
They value “honor” over logic and
They are kind and accept Huck, a
stranger into their family, yet hurt
others from the rival family “for no
The family feud is
exaggerated. Most family
fights don’t involve killing.
The “trigger-happiness” and
violence of the south is
It parodies Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet. The son
and daughter falling in love
could bring the families
together, instead they let it
destroy them.
Overall satire is of Southern people and value,
however it is also a comment on human nature.
Huck, a young and innocent observer, is able to
see the flaws and problems in the families, while
the “civilized” adults can’t.
People are often blind and believe or follow
ridiculous ideas, without really thinking about
why. Such as SLAVERY (food for thought).

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