In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, what are some examples of satire in chapters 35 and 36?

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Satire is the use of irony and humor to criticize some aspect of society. Twain uses satire often throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to criticize, for example, the South’s treatment of slaves, blind acceptance of religion, and hypocrisy. In chapters 35 and 36, Tom and Huck are trying to devise a plan to to free Jim, the slave who is chained up in a hut at the Phelpses. Huck points out that saving Jim should be easy (Jim is chained to a bed that isn’t bolted to the ground), but Tom, always wanting to do things like they do in the adventure books, insists that they make it more difficult. He eventually suggests that they “saw Jim’s leg off” (239). When Huck protests, Tom gives in and says it would be useless...

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