Huck Finn Racism Analysis

analytical Essay
633 words
633 words

By the end of Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, sharecropping, segregation, and the KKK still plagued the South and enacted white oppression despite the end of slavery. Reconstruction left so much work undone for legal and social equality, which ultimately lead to the Civil Rights Movement. Considering the broader historical context, the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain argues that the South was not ready for Reconstruction to end, because it did not achieve its goal of equality that everyone deserves. Some critics contend that Huck Finn is a racist novel; Jim is a stereotype of the ignorant slave, and the only educated, exemplary black person is half white. The novel also comes off as racist because the novel’s eponymous hero is racist, yet …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how jim crow laws, sharecropping, segregation, and the kkk plagued the south and enacted white oppression despite the end of slavery.
  • Analyzes how huck finn is a racist novel, but the novel is egalitarian in many subtle ways.
  • Analyzes how huckleberry finn argues that the south was not ready to end reconstruction.
  • Analyzes how the novel argues that the south should have worked harder to achieve justice for blacks before the civil rights movement.

A common argument is that the novel is against slavery, because of the aforementioned egalitarian subtleties. However, at the time Twain published the novel, slavery had already ended. Therefore, the question remains why he set the book during the era of slavery. This was done in part to cause more sympathy for the slaves. Jim and Huck are in comparable situations, because they both seek liberation from slavery and abuse, respectively. This similarity makes Jim a more sympathetic character. Even racist readers during Twain’s time may feel empathy for Jim, because they will feel it for Huck after his father kidnapped, abused, and abandoned him in favor of getting drunk. Ultimately, they both get their freedom. Huck gets to be wild and free while his dad can’t hurt him anymore. Jim is legally free. But we know that he will never have equality. After deciding to sacrifice his freedom for the sake of Tom Sawyer, a rotten kid, Jim will always be treated as a second class citizen. This injustice cannot be overlooked. It laments racial oppression by implying that Jim deserves so much more than freedom—he deserves

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