But, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is much more than that. Twain used the “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to show how the majority of people in the Deep South continued to be highly prejudice, often corrupt, and slow change. Through Jim, a “black” man, Twain shows how “blacks” are every bit as human and compassionate as “whites”. And, in Huck, he shows how a logical person went through a metamorphous to break away from the traditions of the Deep South to realize “blacks” are people too. In this story, Twain successfully shed light on the unsavory side of the Deep South at a time when our country wasn’t necessarily ready to face it.
On the other hand, he portrays Jim, a slave, as a caring, loving father and a trustworthy companion to Huck. " ... the reader is presented with a very caring and father-like Jim who becomes very worried when he loses his best friend Huck in a deep fog. Mark Twain is pointing out the connection which has been made between Huck and Jim. A connection which does not exist between a man and his property." The story takes place when black people were not considered equal to white people.
Twain is merely portraying by way of Jim, a very realistic slave raised in the South during that time period. To say that Twain is racist because of his desire for historical accuracy is absurd. Despite the few incidences in which Jim's description might be misconstrued as racist, there are many points in the novel where Twain through Huck, voices his extreme opposition to the slave trade and racism.
Twain uses humor and satire to mock American society so people realize that people still treat blacks poorly without directly mentioning it. The variety of situations that Huck and Jim go through points out the injustice and hypocrisy (such as the family feud, hypocrisy of Miss Watson, the King and the Duke). The absurdness of Tom’s dramatic and ridiculous plans to “free” Jim (when Jim is already legally free) show how little respect Tom has for Jim (not treating him like a proper human). Twain is maybe trying to say that hypocrisy and injustice of Southern society stay nearly the same after the Civil
This tires Joe, forces him to depression, and adds insult to injury in his harsh situation; mostly caused by the racial prejudices found within the South. In analysis of Light in August... ... middle of paper ... ...ter being isolated, Joe Christmas breaks down and eventually falls. In final analysis, Joe Christmas becomes influenced and affected by racism found in the South during the time period Faulkner wrote the novel. Due to the fact that Joe contains mixed blood from both blacks and whites, both communities, who are misconceived to the real background of him, shun and disapprove of Joe. The isolation and segregation from society leads to his tragic fall because he is unable to define himself due to his unquestionable past.
Being lowest of the low, Pap turns to abuse the blacks, the only people lower than him in terms of rank. This abuse turns into pure hatred; "And to see the cool way of that nigger -- why, he wouldn't a give me the road if I hadn't shoved him out o' the way"(Twain 36-37). Huck learns racism from his father but develops his own moral identity throughout his journey with Jim. Mark Twain uses Huck’s adventures and moral development to depict a maturing nation, evolving from a slave holding society but still full of racism and classism which Twain is not confident it can overcome. Huck begins his journey escaping from an unfortunate situation.
That was sufficient reason for them to deny me those rights and freedoms without whi... ... middle of paper ... ...wn comes under siege as racism rages within the community. The Klu Klux Klan is also featured in the film, a group that symbolizes hate. The eerie looking hoods in the film are a reminder of America’s dark past, and of current racist groups still present in society. Many of the characters in the film are stuck in old values and teachings, misplacing their hate towards the coloured. The film “Mississippi Burning” supports the hypothesis as it deals with society still living in the past and acting narrow-mindedly towards its fellow human beings.
This is in contrast to the way Huck's (white) father is depicted where Twain describes using all of the above characterizations and more. In Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain develops the plot into Huck and Jim's adventures allowing him to weave in his criticism of society. The two main characters, Huck and Jim, both run from social injustice and both are distrustful of the civilization around them. Huck is considered uneducated backwards boy, constantly under pressure to conform to the "humanized" surroundings of society. Jim a slave, is not even considered as a real person, but as property.
Introduction When a book uses the "N-word" 213 times (Carey-Webb 24) and portrays the African American characters as inferior to their white counterparts, it becomes easy to assume that the book’s author Mark Twain is using this novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as a form of racist propaganda to display upon America in the late 19th century post-Civil War Era. By the late 19th century slavery had finally ended across the United States, but racial tension, discord and discrimination were still very much at large. For those opposed to slavery in its original iteration, and, therefore, opposed to its continuation in this form, the only thing left to do was to continue fighting the battle for equality and rights in any way they knew how.
For many of Twain's critics, this novel is racism with a face on it and for the most obvious reason; the word "nigger" is used throughout. But seeing the novel takes place in the Deep South about twenty years before the Civil War, it would be highly unusual if they didn't use this word. James M. Cox wrote, The language is neither imprisoned in a frame nor distorted into a caricature; rather, it becom... ... middle of paper ... ...laude M Simpson. Englewood Cliffs,N.J. 1968.