Good country people in Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”


Besides mocking the supposed aristocracy of Southern society, Twain also turns his attention to mocking the country people in the Mississippi valley world. In these instances, his approach is much more measured. Instead of lampooning them directly, Twain describes their unpainted sheds, their filthy hogs that are allowed to wander all over town, and their gardens full of rust. These images portray the Mississippi valley world as one full of slothful, ignorant drunks. After immersing himself into the world, Huck’s attitude shifts from detached amusement to full- fledged contempt.

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