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What are some examples of irony in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?"

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There are several examples of irony in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," including the fact that Huck often knows better than the adults around him even though he did not grow up with a family for guidance. Irony can also be seen in the way that Sally Phelps and Miss Watson are not concerned about the cruelty of taking Jim away from his family, yet they are considered good, caring people. There is also the ironic observation that while Jim is supposed to be uncivilized and savage, he has a stronger and better moral code than the other so-called civilized characters.

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"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was written by novelist Mark Twain in 1884. Twain was born two decades after the end of the Civil War, but he chose to set his book decades earlier when slavery was a more prominent part of life. The book takes a look at slavery and racism through the eyes of Huck. It is one of the book's major themes.

Huck is a poor and uneducated boy who teaches himself. Huck becomes mistrustful of the world and the people in society because they have branded him as an outcast and have not helped him avoid abuse. As his relationship grows with Jim, he questions the ideas of slavery and race.

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