Humor in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn is a classic work of humor that becomes blended with satire, in which Twain became skeptic and agnostic and turned against mankind for its inhumanity. The story arouses humor in different means such as lies, deceptions, machinations of plot, prevarications of Huck and Tom, and through the superstitious beliefs of the primitive character, Jim. The novel is a masterpiece of fun, farce and satire. The humor borders on farce; it is low and realistic. The novel is doubtlessly satirical, picaresque, comical and farcical. The chief characteristic of its humor is that it is American; the misspellings, the blend of different dialects, creating humor presupposed the correct knowledge of the spellings by the reader. This feeling creates a kind of humor that is pathetic. The frauds and the deceptions used in the anecdotes, the incidents, angularities, and the eccentricities of the characters portrayed have further enhanced the comic effect in the novel. Twain’s biting satire is juxtaposed with these traits, and his work is the first of its kind.