Homework Help

What are examples of irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

user profile pic

beclaurela | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM via web

dislike 0 like

What are examples of irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

gpane | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

The major example of irony that runs throughout the entire book is the portrayal of a society that calls itself civilised and Christian yet very often behaves in a quite different manner. The treatment of slaves, indeed the very institution of slavery runs counter to the Christian ideals of mercy and kindness and love that this society proclaims to have. Also, the aristocratic feud between the Shepherdsons and Grangerfords afford a particularly cutting example of irony, when Huck describes how they all go to church to listen to preachings about love and brotherliness while all the time resting their guns against the wall.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes