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Huck Finn Then and Now: Satire

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BC: By Stephanie Kobert and Tia Ruefle Period 3

FC: Inadequacies of Education

1: Satire In Huck Finn and in todays society

2: Huck is unknowing about religion and thinks that if you pray, you'll get whatever you want. | For example, when Huck is torn between whether or not to help Jim continue to runaway, he prays to God, hoping that the answer will come to him.

3: Huck also believes that if he continues to help Jim, he will go to Hell.

4: "...You lemme catch you fooling around that school again, you hear? Your mother couldn't read, and she couldn't write...I can't; and here you're a-swelling yourself up like this" -Pap (Twain19).

5: Huck's dad did not want Huck to be educated because he was not, and no one in the family was. He also did not want him to learn about religion either.

6: The con-artists, the Duke and the Dauphin bring out another example of how society was uneducated They trick Jim, Huck and many other people in the novel out of money and becuase the people are not very educated, they fall for the tricks.

7: An example of this is during Hamlets Soliloquy (138) The Duke acts out the soliloquy, which he doesn't know well at all and makes up some of the stuff, however Huck thinks that he has a great talent because he doesn't know Hamlet

8: The people believe him, and he is able to bilk money out of them this way | In the story, Jim is really superstitous, and he tells people their fortunes with a hairball hacked up from a cow

9: Throughout the novel he tells Huck he can't do certain things because it will bring about bad luck, and Huck believes him. | This shows again that the people of this time were uneducated and believed nearly anything

10: Also, Jim was uneducated and did not understand why there are other languages.

11: "Well, then, why ain't it natural and right for a French-man to talk different from us? You answer me that" "Is a cat a man, Huck?" "No" "Well, den, dey ain't no sense in a cat talkin' like a man. Is a cow a man?-er a cow a cat? "No, she ain't either of them" "Well, den, she ain't got no business to talk like either one oer the yuther of 'em" (Twain 80).

12: Another example is the fued betwen the Grangerfords and the Sheperdsons.

13: The Grangerfords are more educated than Huck, but they don't understand why they continue to fight. | Even though Huck is uneducated, he is able to see what is happening bewteen the families, which is statirical irony.

14: Likewise, today we still have inadequacies in education

16: Some states value education more than others

17: Top 5 Best states: Vermont Connecticut Massachusetts New Jersey Maine | Top 5 Worst States: Arizona Mississippi New Mexico Nevada California

18: Urban Vs Suburban Schools

19: Urban schools typically don't fund enough money, and therefore don't have as great as an education which causes their school perfomance to not be as great as Suburban schools

20: Con-artists are still seen today and are able to trick people just like in Huckleberry Finn

21: An example of a con-artist from our time is Frank Abagnale Jr, who pretended to be a Lawyer, Doctor, and Pilot. He was able to bilk millions of dollars from the Government.

22: Comparison

23: People may be more educated today, but there are still similar problems with people being ignorant towards education

24: Citations | Levine, Robert V. "Getting our money's worth." America 203.10 (Oct 18, 2010): 37(1). Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL. 27 Feb. 2011 NADLER, RICHARD. "School's Out - One man's idea of education." National Review 53.20 (Oct 15, 2001): NA. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL. 27 Feb. 2011

25: Nadler, Richard. "Low Class: How progressive education hurts the poor and minorities." National Review (Dec 21, 1998): 31(1). Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL. 27 Feb. 2011 "Best Educated Index by State." StateMaster., 2011. Web. 27 Feb 2011. Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. United States Of America: Tom Doherty Associates Inc., 1988. Print.

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