What does Twain satirize in the plan to present Romeo and Juliet? Discuss Romeo and Juliet as a motif in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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I think there are probably a couple of things going on here (in Chapter 20).

First, I think that this plan satirizes the feud that was going on between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons a couple chapters before this one.  The two families had their very own Romeo and Juliet story going and I think this refers back to that.

Second, I think that it is meant to show how stupid the Duke and King think country people are.  They think the audiences will buy the idea of the "king" being Juliet.