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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain
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In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn explain how the irony helps to illustrate the meaning of the story? I know there are many ironies in the story. One being Huck  feels guilty for helping Jim escape because -helpng him escape is "wrong". But how do these different ironies create the meaning of the story? What is the meaning of the story? Thank you.  

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I do not know that there is any one meaning to the story, but I think the main meaning (and the one that fits best with what you are asking) is this.  Twain is saying that society's values are all messed up at that time and place.  He is saying that in such a society, it is right for a person to go with his own gut feeling rather than with what society tells him.

That's where the irony comes in.  Huck's conscience (the part he's learned from society) is telling him that freeing Jim is wrong.  We know that that is totally backwards.  So the irony is showing how stupid the society's values are.

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