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Twain greets readers with a "NOTICE" before he steps aside and allows Huck Finn to  narrate the story. The following narrative, Twain warns, should not be analyzed for  "motive" or "moral" or "plot" or punishment will follow. In the Explanatory, Twain notifies  readers that characters will sound as if they live in the region in which the story takes  place. These statements serve three purposes. First, the warning is a satiric jab at the  sentimental literary style, which was in direct contrast to Twain's brand of literary  realism. Second, the warning introduces the use of satire, a harsh and biting brand of  humor that readers will continue to see in the novel. Finally, the warning is a convenient  method by which to ward off literary critics who might be eager to dissect Twain's work.  Twain recognizes, no doubt, that his novel will incite controversy. Before the reader passes judgment on these warnings, perhaps a line or two from 
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