Given the structure of Twain’s approach, it is not surprising that many critiques and readers pin the book to be racist. Those who do are clearly misunderstanding or simply ignoring the novel’s antipathy of racism. Again, with Jim’s proof of intelligence and morality, he strives to gain distance from those dark people he is surrounded by. Overall, Twains focus on Jim to be a positive, moral, and equal person who brings good influences on Huck accomplishes his meaning to place racism behind the curtains. For any person whom reads Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn and derives from this story nothing but racism and a negative story, has committed the worst crime in American Literature history.
One of the prime examples of Twain’s opposition of this belief system was his portrayal of Huck’s father, Pap, versus his portrayal of Widow Douglas’ slave, Jim. Pap is an abusive, racist, drunk, while Jim was a gentle, kind-hearted, person. Pap was never really much of a father to Huck; he walked out and only came back because he heard Huck had some money. Jim was a very caring person; he cared for his family and for Huck. Despite Jim being the superior human being, he was considered, in the eyes of society, to be inferior to Pap just because of the color of his skin.
Dey ain' no sense in it.” However this is not racist as a lot people were uneducated back then and especially black people. Twain is just being authentic. This novel demonstrates the racial injustices of the time. Twain accurately describes how blacks were treated, but the itself is not racist or condones racism. Jim is never portrayed in a negative light and is often suggested to be equal with the white man.
Through society, Huck’s father and Huck, Mark Twain reveals a challenge to slavery. On a superficial level Huckleberry Finn might appear to be racist. The first time the reader meets Jim he is given a very negative description of Jim. The reader is told that Jim is illiterate, childlike, not very bright and extremely superstitious. However, it is important not to lose sight of who is giving this description and of whom it is being given.
Smith are correct in their criticisms. They both believe that Tom Sawyer’s unnecessary steps in his plan to free Jim is an example of realism and was Twain trying to portray obstructions to civil rights. However, Toni Morrison does not think of this novel as anti-racist, but she does not think of it as racist. Morrison does not really talk about the usage of the “n” word, although she does talk about the racial stereotypes that Twain uses to diminish the idea of Jim being a father figure to Huck. Twain could have made Jim nearly the same character without adding the minute details of him acting like a stereotypical black person.
To teach or not to teach? This is the question that is presently on many administrators' minds about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. For those who read the book without grasping the important concepts that Mark Twain gets across "in between the lines", many problems arise. A reader may come away with the impression that the novel is simply a negative view of the African-American race. If we believe that Huck Finn is used only as a unit of racism we sell the book short.
The costar of this novel is a runaway slave named Jim. Jim is a caring friend, a devoted husband, and a loving father. Many people believe that Jim is portrayed as silly and uneducated. Those people have failed to realize that this book is written through a child’s point of view. Before Huck gets to know Jim for the man he really is this is how Huck perceives him.
Racism in Huck Finn Ever since it was written, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn has been a novel that many people have found disturbing. Although some argue that the novel is extremely racist, careful reading will prove just the opposite. In recent years especially, there has been an increasing debate over what some will call the racist ideas in the novel. In some cases the novel has even been banned by public school systems and censored by public libraries. The basis for the debate is how Jim, a black slave and one of the main characters, is depicted.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Few books in the American Literary genre have been as influential and as thoroughly debates as Mark Twains 1985 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Just after being published the book was quickly banned in some libraries. To Twain's critics, the novel is racist on the face of it, and for the most obvious reason, the racial slurs and the harsh depiction of Jim in the novel. I believe that this book is one of the greatest anti-racist books in America. In Huckleberry Finn Twain is not only not being a racist but he is trying to point out how stupid and wrong slavery is.
For those who claim that Twain was a racist must have only been looking out for themselves and not those who are willing to learn about the past whether it be ugly or perfect. Racism was and forever will be a dark part of the American past, and no one can change that, no matter how many books one may alter. In this book a number of dialects are used, to wit: the Missouri negro dialect; the extremest form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect; the ordinary “Pike County” dialect; and four modified varieties of this last. The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech. I make this explanation for the reason that without it many readers would suppose that all these characters were trying to talk alike and not succeeding.