A common goal for many works of literature is to achieve “thoughtful laughter,” in which the first response to a situation is laughter, but it makes the reader later think about its meaning and application in real life. One such work is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, a brilliant work of American literature that is noted for its commentary on Southern Antebellum society. Twain’s humor in Huckleberry Finn is satirical in order to convey his thoughts on how cruel, self-absorbed, and hypocritical people in Southern society were. Tom Sawyer, the privileged and imaginative friend of Huck Finn, serves as a primary example of Twain’s “thoughtful laughter.” Tom’s mischievous yet subtly cruel personality and frequent escapades allow
Faulkner describes his economical/social status within his community as basically pretty even with the slaves. The slaves make fun of him and laugh in his face. “‘Why ain’t you at de war, white man?’” they ask him, and he replies that he has a daughter and family to take care of, which may be true but not the whole truth (2). The author does a great job of hinting to his audience that Wash’s lack of participation in the Great War of Northern Aggression is because he does not have the courage or the position in the society to go to war. Faulkner does a great job of showing how crazy Wash
This is so true of the literary work of art of Oliver Twist. Dickens allowed virtue and good prevail over crime and evil. This book was clearly made to show the reality of the world. Dickens does not create a dream world that captures the optimism of readers. He is truly showing things as they really are; how hte world really is.
Nick: In Nick Carraway’s narration throughout the novel, he is observant of the characters who long for the American Dream, yet doesn’t judge too quickly. However, his “dream” has little connection to wealth, unlike other characters. It’s more of his morals and mental values that consist of loyalty, equality, and friendship that no other characters possess. His mental value of his friends has “infinite hope” (Page 2). Nick doesn’t jump to conclusion, leaving leeway for his hope to be upheld by the character.
A mockingbird is the innocence of a bird who only sings for others, bringing pleasure to those willing to listen. Tom is innocent, willing to help people, seeing the world as a positive place even if it was not what it seem. He is a gentleman whom was put down just because they are considered “different” in the society of maycomb. He was willing to help Mayella, a lonely, helpless girl, who needs his help because her father will not. He felt sorry for her, but yet in the end he was accused of a crime that he never commit.
With effective use of satirical tone, Dickens emphasizes the issue while making the readers think rather than just letting the readers take in his words. Compares to other literature such as A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift,
Satire is often written or said by the wrong people, the ‘average person’. This average humor entails one person teasing another person because of their religion, race, ethnicity, etc. That is taking satire too far because instead of joking about society as a whole, it is directed at one individual. However, Mark Twain does not have an ordinary sense of humor. He is able to create remarkable jokes that are able to be taken lightly due to the fact that he set the book in an appropriate time period for these jokes to be made.
The system is only interested in measuring and is an exaggerated version on utilitarianism. Utilitarianism originated with the economist Adam Smith and then Jeremy Bentham built on it. Dickens attacks this because he believes that individuality and emotions are deeply important. Dickens presents us with the character Thomas Gradgrind in this novel. We are given a very vivid description of him and Dickens uses a number of devices to do this.
“My daddy was a free man but in his acts he was a slave” (26.) He was not afraid to beat his children, but when it came to speaking up for himself to the white man, he did not speak his mind. Hayes not speaking up for himself can contradict what freedom is, he still obeyed the white man from when he was a slave. “He wasn’t a slave but he lived like one” (33). Hayes was always afraid to speak up for himself and because he had trouble breaking out of the mindset that he was no longer a slave.
Doodle’s brother is not ashamed by Doodle when they are alone; therefore, this is the only time he really sees Doodle as what he is, a human. This change in Doodle’s brother causes Doodle to feel welcome in the swamp, and even though he still knows his brothe... ... middle of paper ... ...e is regretful and horrified by how he treated Finny. Gene and Doodle both seek an escape from society’s prejudices in Old Woman Swamp and the Devon School, but these settings instead lead to a catastrophe for both people. Doodle feels welcome in Old Woman Swamp, where he is not affected by judgment people in society, and he travels there with his brother. In the swamp, he is judged even more harshly by his brother, and it is the cause of his death.