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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

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What distinguishes satire from delivering an overt message, and which is more effective in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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I would argue that satire is more effective because it allows the reader in some sense to form their own version of the argument rather than having an author simply tell them what to think.  It allows for the use of humor and other methods to advance the argument rather than simply pushing it down a reader's throat so to speak.

If Twain had simply written a book consisting of his opinions that people are often misguided or that class structures are based on somewhat shaky principles, or that education is often found more readily outside of the places we send children to find it, it would lack the concreteness of seeing Huck and others finding these things and the utility of allowing the reader to make these connections to perhaps other examples in their own lives.  Giving these characteristics or events to fictional characters in a satirical form conveys those messages far more effectively than simply telling someone in black and white how they ought to think.

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