Mark Twain

In Mark Twain\'s two major works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and it\'s sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he develops and displays his humoristic abilities by concealing within them deeper meanings, ultimately producing a satire of the region in which he lived.
Examined within this paper are the methods which Twain uses to conceal his satire within the above two novels. The majority of his points are made using humor, but he also takes advantage of the use of southwestern dialect and Huck Finn\'s childlike innocence. Much of the content of the two novels involve the region in which Twain lived as well as certain places or events in his lifetime. The aspects of his past that lead to his writing style as well as his life on the Mississippi is discussed as far as is relevant to support the thesis.
The information gathered to research the satirical aspect of Twain\'s writing is primarily in the form of books. Several books as well as one critical essay were referenced and included in the Bibliography in order to write the research paper. The research revealed his novels were deeply influenced by Twain\'s past. His nature causes him to write in the manner he does. In his past, people tried to stifle his creative mind, and as a result his works are have their most important meanings hidden below the surface. This tendency is almost instinctive.

In conclusion, this entire paper may violate Twain\'s notice in The Adventures of

Huckleberry Finn, in that it attempts to find a motive, a moral, and a plot in the narrative; and it

may lead its author to be subject to prosecution, banishment, and/or shooting. However, the

novel is perhaps the best of it\'s kind, and even in it\'s warning it suggests a deeper meaning to the

entire book. But like the warning, if one reads the book and accepts it at face value, they will

miss out on Twain\'s intentions.
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Table of contents
Quote........................................................................................................................................iv
Introduction...........................................................................................................................1
Historical Background..........................................................................................................2
The Adventures of tom sawyer.........................................................................................5
the adventures of huckleberry Finn..................................................................................8
conclusion..........................................................................................................................13
endnotes............................................................................................................................14
bibliography.....................................................................................................................15















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"There are several kinds of stories, but only one difficult kind - the humorous..."
-- Mark Twain











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introduction
In Mark Twain\'s two major works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and it\'s sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he develops and displays his humoristic abilities by concealing within them deeper meanings, ultimately producing a satire of the region in which he lived.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was written in 1876 and it\'s sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written in 1884. The time difference between the two novels is significant. Within the eight year span, Twain\'s feelings changed, and his gift for satire became more acute. The observable increase in the deeper meanings of the second novel show evidence to this fact. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is more commonly considered a book for younger readers, as opposed to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is considered one of the greatest novels in history because it conceals so well Twain\'s opinions within what is seemingly child\'s book.
It was Time and it\'s partner Age that led Twain to change his views, and these views were expressed through his characters. Huck Finn said, for example: "All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change."
It was Twain\'s nature to write about where he lived, and his nature to criticize it if he felt it necessary. When the public made this task difficult, he was forced to develop different means of concealment for his satires, his main one being humor. That is one reason why Twain is widely regarded as one of the most entertaining authors of all time, he appeals to many different types of people, of all ages and backgrounds.
historical background
Due to his regionalistic tendencies, it is necessary to describe Mark Twain\'s background. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835. At the age of four he moved to a town called Hannibal, a Mississippi river port that was to become a large influence on his future writing. 1 In perhaps his greatest novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the sections dealing with Huck and his father are most probably connected to this time in Clemens\' life. He and his father Marshall were never very close, and never exchanged more than a handshake before going to bed. Twain later remembers