The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Duke's Soliloquy


In Chapter 21, the duke practices Hamlet's soliloquy. As Huck describes it,

...and then he begins to rip and rave and grit his teeth; and after that, all through his speech he howled, and spread around, and swelled up his chest, and just knocked the spots out of any acting ever I see before.

What is the purpose of the scene, especially considering the whole of the duke's recited soliloquy that follows directly after Huck's description?


To emphasize the powers of a good conman.


To emphasize again how stupid society must be for falling for such ridiculous cons.


To emphasize how good a reporter Huck is.


To emphasize the pervasive effects of religion.


To emphasize Mark Twain's ridicule of intellectualism.