Although there are several themes that are apparent in Mark Twain’s The Adventures Huckleberry Finn, there is one theme that is more distinguished throughout the course of the novel than any other. This satirical view of Twain’s is apparent through his story of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain uses satire to convey his views on the failings and evils of society by poking fun at the institutions of religion, education, and slavery. This satirical view of Twain’s is apparent through his story of Huckleberry Finn.
Religion is one of the key recipients of Twain's satire throughout the novel. Huck is forced by Ms. Watson to read and learn about the important people in The Bible, and within the first pages of the book we discover Huck is not fond of the widow or her lectures. Twain uses Huck to reveal his idea that people put so much devotion into the works of long-gone ancestors of The Bible that they ignore other moral accomplishments of the present day. It is shown that religious people seem to be blind to the realities of modern civilization, and are living their lives according to old morals. This is why Huck mentions that the widow does not see any good in his works, and regardless of what Huck feels, his good deeds are
The reasons for the rivalries between the two families have been forgotten. Another time where Twain"tms beliefs towards religion are revealed is when Huck attends church with the Grangerfords. Jim cannot read, yet is wise beyond book learning, and he offers many challenges to Huck, one which sparks Huck"tms questioning of the Widow"tms teachings, especially with The Bible. After this, Huck begins to truly consider the fact that Jim is smart, "I never see such a nigger". He then begins to mock Huck when he learns that he can read, and subsequently gets violent with him. It displays how some people will only act upon traditional, and how they try to improve their lives by living by these so-called moral standards. He was the most down on Solomon of any nigger I ever see" (79). This family lives their lives by tradition, and the fact that the feud is a tradition justifies its needless, pointless violence for them. This absurd practice shows that people only curb their lives and act holy in church, but their guns and lives are waiting for them on the way out. This novel also shows that recognition of a human being is sometimes unintentionally ignored, as seen through religion and education, yet very deliberate through the torment of slavery. Huck also feels that prayer is pointless, "Miss Watson told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it. "I says to myself, if a body can get anything they pray for, why don"tmt Deacon Winn get back the money he lost on pork"No, says I to myself, there ain"tmt nothing in it. For example, Pap is uneducated and feels threatened when he learns that Huck is living a better life than he.