Chapter 22 Huck Finn Satire Essay

Satire in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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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?


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 21, the duke plays out Hamlet’s sililoquy in a very dramatic way. What is Twain satirizing here?

Romanticism (Hamlet’s sililoquy is an intricate and “romantic” {not the love romantic} work of literature, but Twain pokes fun at it by having the duke play it out in an overly dramatic way that debases the quality of the soliloquy) and pseudo-intellectualism (The duke pretends to have an interest in Shakespeare’s works and plays it out as if he is a professional, but he is really just making a fool of himself)

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?


The duke and the king’s scams for money is a way that Twain satirizes…


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?


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)

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Essential Questions for The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn

  1. To what extent does the society that we live in shape who we are as individuals?
  2. To what extent do our parents' views influence our views?
  3. How is Huck Finn (and all the characters in this book) shaped by a society where it's legal to own another human being?
  4. In what ways does Twain use the river (nature) as a symbol for freedom?
  5. In what ways is Jim, surrogate father to Huck, the true hero of this story?
  6. In what ways does Huck change over the course of the novel?
  7. Should The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn be included in the curriculum of Saugatuck High School?  Why or why not?
  8. How does Mark Twain use satire to critique various aspects of society within the Antebellum South?
  9. How does Mark Twain often develop themes indirectly?

Friday, April 15

  1. Welcome! Hand out novels
  2. Review Huckleberry Finn Background Information.
  3. What is satire?  Click here for more information on satire.

Monday and Tuesday, April 18-19

  2. Read and discuss Chapters 1-3, pages 1-15.
  3. Click here if you'd like to read along with the audio book.

Wednesday, April 20

  1. Read Chapter 4 together.
  3. Read this piece of satire and take the one-question quiz on Schoology.
  4. Click here if you'd like to read along with the audio book.
  5. DiscussChapters 3 and Chapter 4.
  6. Read Chapters 5 together, pages 20-24.
  7. Homework:  Read Chapters 6-7, pages 25-38.

Thursday, April 21

  1. Discuss Chapters 6 & 7 together.
  2. Click here to find out the answer to the following question:  Will shooting a cannon over a body of water cause a drowned body to rise to the surface?
  4. Homework: Read Chapters 8-9, pages 39-53.

Thursday, April 21

  1. Read Chapter 10, pages 54 to 57.
  2. Chapter 8-10 Quiz.
  3. Translate Balum's Investment into standard English and share with me.
  4. Discuss significant parts of Chapters 8 through 10.
  5. Read Chapters 11-12 pages 58 to 73.

Friday, April 22

  1. Quiz Chapters 8-10.
  2. Review Balam's investment translation into standard English.
  3. Discuss Chapters 11-12.  Click here to view Chapter 11 questions.
  4. Homework:  Read Chapters 13-15, pages 74 to 90.

Tuesday, December 8

  1. Reading Check Quiz on Chapters 13-15
  2. Discuss the last four paragraphs of Chapter 15 "Fooling Poor Old Jim"
  3. Read and discuss Chapter 16 "The Rattle-snake Skin Does Its Work" ~ parts for Jim, Huck, and Man.
  4. Discussion:  What is illustrated in the following examples from Chapter 16? Huck Finn:  "'They're after us.'" & "Then we talked about the money.  It was a pretty good raise--twenty dollars a piece."
  5. #4 THE USE OF JUXTAPOSITION   ​definition of juxtaposition
  6. Read the rest of Chapter 16​.

Wednesday, December 9

  1. Read Chapters 17-18 which chronicles how Huck gets drawn into the brutal family feud between the Grangerfords and the Sheperdsons.
  2. Be able to identify two examples of satire having to do with the following:  the family feud and the topic of the sermon.

Thursday, December 10

Friday, December 11

  1. Discuss Chapters 19 & 20.
  2. Read Chapters 21 and 22, pages 139-155.

Monday, December 14

Tuesday, December 15

          TODAY'S AGENDA:
  1. Read Chapters 23-24
  2. View and discuss 60 Minutes episode "'Huckleberry Finn' and the N-word."
  3. Classroom Debate ~ Argue a side

Wednesday, December 16

          TODAY'S AGENDA
  1. Huck Finn Business Letter Assignment explained
  2. ​Work on Huck Finn business letters for 45 minutes.
  3. Read Chapters 25-26 for tomorrow.

Thursday, December 17

  1. ​Work on Huck Finn business letters for 45 minutes.
  2. Read Chapters 27-28 for tomorrow.

Friday, December 18

  1. Finish Huck Finn business letters for 45 minutes.
  2. Quiz on Chapters 21-28.
  3. Finish reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn over Winter Break.
  4. Test upon return.
". . . we got it all settled satisfactory, and concluded to drop crabapples and p'simmons. "


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